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Little, perhaps, need be said by way of introduction to 
this volume of Records of the English Catholics of 1715. 

Apart from the great interest and importance at- 
taching to a collection in abstract of nearly four hundred 
wills and letters of administration with which it opens, 
the genealogical value of such unpublished and authentic 
documents will be at once apparent, while the Index, of 
course, will illustrate this in a way which nothing else 

Of the two dates given at the end of each will, the 
first is that of execution, and the second that oi probate. 
Where not otherwise stated, it may be assumed that 
probate was granted in the Prerogative Court of Canter- 
bury, Somerset House being naturally the chief source 
of information. I am also under an obligation to H. F. 
Burke, Esq., Somerset Herald, and to Dr. J. J. Howard, 
for permission to inspect a MS., the property of Sir John 
Lawson, Bart., now in course of publication, to which 
occasional reference is made, and which at the present 
time is deposited at the College of Arms. 

The collection of wills from the Probate Court at 
Lincoln is of some interest, while from the bulk of the 
others it is difficult to know what to select as the more 
noteworthy. Charles Eyston of East Hendred, e.g., 
gives us a pious confession of faith, and the bequest to 

his eldest son, of " Biahop Fisher's Staff," possesses a 
peculiar attraction for us who are now rejoicing at the 
recent beatifications. The mention, however, of relics. 
works of art, church plate, valued heirlooms, &c., in 
such wills as those of Elizabeth Lady Dormer, Walter 
Fowler, Anne Markham, Francis Prujean, John Vaughan, 
Frances Progers, Lady Dunbar, and of many more, is 
frequent enough. We note, too, the bequest of Cardinal 
Pole's cross by John Pole, to his cousin Francis ; that of 
Belle-tree House to Giles Hussey the artist, by his 
father John, and "the hanging of green velvet, wrought 
by the hand of Mary, Queen of Scots," named in Lord 
Stafford's will. 

Then we have the eccentric testators, such as 
William Plowden, Thomas Hawkins, George Kingsley, 
&c., notably so the first-named. Lady Gerard would 
like to remain unburied as long as possible ; Mary 
Porter's daughters must not go to their mother's funeral 
lest it should injure their health ; and the unhappy Lord 
Waldegrave despises his daughter Henrietta, the widow 
of seventeen, for marrying John Beard the comedian. 

The wills of such as Lord Aston, Robert Needham, 
Richard Bostock, &c,, are pleasing, which is certainly 
more than can be said of that of Henry, Lord Stafford, 
whose sole bequest to his widow, of " 45 brass half pence 
to buy her a pullet for her supper," is followed by some 
observations on her character, and on that of her parents, 
the notorious Count and Countess de Grammont, which 
it is still less pleasing to repeat. 

There are, of course, many bequests for masses, 
often enough couched in studiously concealed terms, as 
in the case of Edmund Adys ; while the poor are not 
forgotten by the Minshull family, and many more, or by 
John Weston, who regards "the miserable condition of 


the poor Catholics of England as very deplorable " ; and, 
lastly, the disconsolate Lady Derwentwater gives to **all 
such as were servants to her dear Lord, and were 
prisoners on account of the unhappy rising ... for their 
great sufferings, ;^20 each". 

In passing, however, attention might be called to 
the wills of two apostates — Francis Poole and Dr. John 
Purcell. Of the latter, it is worthy of notice, that no 
less than eight members of his family occur in Cosin's 
** List," so that the fact of his own name thus conspicuous 
by its absence from it affords an indirect proof of the 
Catholicity of the whole. This, however, touches a 
question on which we shall have more to say presently. 
A few early Catholic Mission Registers, and other 
original documents in private hands, such as the Derby 
MS., the will of Dorothy Thorold, &c., have kindly been 
placed at my disposal ; and my thanks are due to others 
also, who have generously helped me with information 
not otherwise accessible. 

A different class of interest, however, unhappily at- 
taches to the greater number of the documents selected 
from the ** Forfeited Estates " Papers at the Record 
Office, which make up the latter half of this volume ; for 
in many cases the ** information " which they afford is 
supplied by those who, either wearied out by the long 
course of pains and penalties under which for genera- 
tions they had been crushed, or — what is more un- 
accountable — dazzled by the temptation of a paltry 
reward, bartered the faith to which their forefathers had 
so gloriously and perseveringly adhered. Indeed, it 
would almost seem that that mysterious apostacy which 
so darkens the eighteenth century history of the Church 
in England, dates its commencement from the pro- 
ceedings of the Forfeited Estates Commissioners. And 

the unmitigiited contempt with which the adherents of 
the Old Religion regarded such obscure apostates as 
Hitchmough, Thomas Fletcher, Edward Shaftoe, William 
Gibson, and others, is but paralleled by the odious 
clamouring with which some of these unhappy men from 
time to time besieged the Commissioners for their reward. 
Still more revolting, for example, is it to find a mother 
offering in cold blood to sell the souls of her children 
for a farm ! For we read that the widow of Mr. Richard 
Butler humbly proposes to become farmer of the estate 
of her uncle Richard Butler of Rawcliffe, on behalf of 
her two infant sons, ''whom she offers (o be educated 

The "Rebellion," however, of 1715 was not only 
followed by a vigorous punishment of all Catholics who 
directly look part in it, but it also afforded the Commis- 
sioners an additional pretext for seizing any Catholic 
property upon which they could lay their hands, more 
particularly of any who had died immediately before the 
outbreak of the "Rebellion," and whose executors had the 
administration of an estate that was worth the trouble of 
sequestration. The lengthened statement of the apostate 
Francis Brooke relative to the will of Catherine Winford, 
and the almost romantic storj' of Sir Henry Fletcher, 
have been recorded somewhat fully in these pages, not 
merely because of the interest attaching to the narrative 
itself, but on account of their connection with so many 
names that occur in Cosin's "List". Indeed, a more 
suggestive theme for the novelist than that afforded by 
the circumstances surrounding the life and death of the 
good convert baronet could not well be desired. Litde 
appears to be known of him beyond what is told us by 
Dodd, or is briefly recorded in the baronetage. As- 
signing by deed of gift his Hutton estate to his Catholic 


relative Thomas Fletcher in 1 710, he retires to lead the 
life of a recluse in a small apartment adjoining the Fran- 
ciscan Convent at Douay ; having first, also, temporarily 
deposited with Thomas Hickin, a London goldsmith, 
some rich altar plate, of which an elaborate description is 
given, but which, alas ! failed to reach the destination for 
which his piety had designed it. Everything he appears 
to have given to God. "The English Rector at Douay," 
he says, ** is to have my two large silver payles I used to 
sett my bottles in . . • to make two Holy Water potts." 
Sir Henry, however, did not long survive ; his will is 
dated loth May, 171 2, and in nine days more he was 
dead. Next comes the apostacy of Thomas Fletcher, 
the man on whom he had lavished all his estate. On 
the 1 2 th September, 1716, this unhappy man informs 
the Commissioners at Preston of the altar plate that 
was in the custody of Hickin the banker-goldsmith in 
Holborn, and in five more days it was seized, the poor 
goldsmith in his fear escaping meanwhile by a back 
door, leaving his wife to tell the sheriff where he could 
find it. The banker s daughter we meet again in Cosin's 
** List ". The plate is sold under the hammer, and even 
the money that Sir Henry left to the Scotch Jesuits and 
others to say masses for his soul is seized — all, in fact, 
but a watch and chain bequeathed to the Bishop of Arras, 
and ;^400 to the poor of his diocese, whom the Commis- 
sioners tried hard to rob also, and — judging by their 
printed report — eventually succeeded in accomplishing, 
despite counsel's opinion as to the propriety of the act 
which they thought it best to take, but the receipt of 
which must have made them blush. 

The system of bribery, moreover, which the Com^ 
missioners worked so well, appears to have inspired some 
of the ** informers " with a like policy. And of this we 

have a most droll illustration. A servant of Lord 
Molyneux, who had informed against his master, was 
evidently anticipating a rich reward. Acccordingly, to 
intensify their obligation to him, he despatches to one of 
the Commissioners four bottles of brandy, with a regret 
that lemons did not accompany the gift, at the same 
time gently expressing a hope of increased favour! 
The wounded dignity and consequent perplexity of 
the Government official is in delightful contrast with 
the insolent familiarity of the servant. It is to be 
questioned, however, if the unopened brandy remained 
long unclaimed. 

But if the Commissioners had a velvet paw with 
which to caress the informer, they had also another 
with sharp talons in it for any on whom their wrath 
descended. An aged dame of fourscore is turned out 
of her home for no other reason than that she was the 
mother of the Jesuit Father, Thomas Eccleston, who, 
with just indignation, demands of them some explanation 
of the outrage ; the Ladies Radcliffe, two nuns, " in 
years and very infirme " — sisters by birth as in religion — 
appeal for some guarantee that their annuities may 
always be paid them, " being all their subsistence" ; and 
John Crook is sent to prison for being too stupid to stand 
the cross-examination of the Commissioners ; while the 
many anxiously- worded petitions, Richard Towneley's 
ui^ent letter to his attorney, and the obsequious lan- 
guage of another attorney, Edward Ward, who " hopes 
he has not incurred the displeasure of the Commissioners" 
by acting on behalf of his Catholic client, all go to prove 
the terror in which they were held. Suspicion even on 
one occasion appears to have attached to their 
Accountant-General, Chambers Slaughter himself. Al- 
together, then, this combination of apostacy and 


bribery, mistrust and cruelty, make up a melancholy 

Still, it must be remembered that the sources from 
which our information has been derived could hardly be 
expected to afford matter for much satisfaction. We 
have been examining the proceedings of a government 
whose avowed object was — as it ever had been from 
the time of Queen Elizabeth — if possible, to crush out 
the very existence of the Church in England : indeed, 
on one occasion, we shall find the Commissioners 
dissuading the lords of the Treasury from adopting 
any measures of leniency, on the ground that their 
'^ p'roposal would set the Roman Catholic interest very 
near in as good a condition as before the Rebellion^ 
whereas,'' they add, ^' if they (Catholics) are divested 
of their estates, and Protestants succeed, the Roman 
Catholic interest in the Northern Counties must be 
entirely ruined'\ 

There is no mistaking the meaning of language such 
as this. Yet even from these " Forfeited Estates 
Papers " there every now and then peeps out evidence 
that the majority of Catholics rejected, as we find the 
Widdringtons doing, every overture of the Government 
to buy up \ki€\x faith. 

While, however, it was but natural that Catholics 
should bitterly lament and even resent the dethrone- 
ment of their lawful and Catholic Sovereign, yet, at 
the same time, there is ample evidence to show that, 
in the retrospect, many regretted the active participation 
of any of their number in the rising of 171 5 ; so that 
the question is forced upon us, would not the Church in 
this country have been less harassed, earlier suffered to 
remain at peace, and have more speedily attracted souls 
within her fold, had Catholics, where no principle oi faith 

was at stake, but passively acquiesced in the political 
changes of the time. Lady Derwentwater, for example, 
as we have seen, speaks of the "unhappy rising," and 
Henry Butler of Rawcliffe characterises the " Rebellion " 
as " horrid," and the action even of his own son, who 
was condemned for his part in it, as that of "an 
inconsiderate, rash young man ". 

Among the Add. MSS. [20310, f. 173] at the British 
Museum is a remarkable letter bearing on this subject 
from the pen of the Rev. Dr. John Ingleton, dated " St. 
Germains, December 15, 1716, and addressed to " Monsr. 
Nairne, secretaire du cabinet a Monsr. le Chevalier de 
S. George, a Avignon," the opening passages of which, 
however, will be enough for our purpose. The writer 
says : " Since my last by Mr. Kirby, I have another 
from Bishop Giffard upon a very vexatious subject, 
dated November '* \ he says he has lately received a 
letter from Mons*'- Santini, internonce at Brussels, 
brought him by the Duke of Norfolk, wherein Monsr. 
Santini tells him that he (Santini) is ordered by the 
Pope to publish that English Catholics may and ought to 
promise fidelity and entire obedience to the present 
Government, but to make no mention of the Pope's 
authority. The words are : Omnibus palam facere 
Catholicos Anglos fidei quidem atque integra obedientia: 
professione prarsentem regni formam ita agnoscere posse, 
atque adeo debere, ut ab eorum consitiis nihil quisquam 
metuere possit. Sacr^ verie Rom. Pontificum authori- 
tatis nullam omnino injiciendam esse mentlonem." . . . 

But to revert once more to the evidence afforded 
by our "Forfeited Estates Papers". William Charlton 
depriving a poor fellow of his solitary horse at Rothbur>-. 
and detaining him for three hours on his way back from 
business at Alnwick, in October, 171 5. reads as rather a 


paltry item of preparation for a campaign ; or again, 
what stand against regular troops could a motley, 
undisciplined, and undrilled body of men be expected 
to make, such as that described by William Baines as 
meeting at the Mitre Hotel at Preston only a day or two 
previous to the action there, some of them with a "gun,** 
some with a sword or case of pistols, all of them, without 
doubt, valiant to a man, and cheerfully willing to sacrifice 
themselves in their rash enterprise ? And while the toast 
of James III. is going round at the Mitre, we have 
another auxiliary gathering of a similar character, four- 
teen miles away, at Stonyhurst. Sir Nicholas Sherburne 
gave a supper party there on Thursday evening, loth 
November, 171 5, but it does not transpire that he was 
actually present at it himself. After supper, a pan is bor- 
rowed from a mason at work on the premises and some 
lead, and the guests set to work bullet-making. The poor 
mason, evidently a little alarmed, does not appear to 
have approved of the proceedings, and retired to bed ; 
but next morning tells us he saw the party all ride off 
at seven o'clock with their guns and blunderbuss, and- 
mounted on the coach horses of Sir Nicholas. All this 
really savours more of a frolic of the happy boys that 
were destined less than three-quarters of a century 
afterwards to celebrate their ** Blandyke " within the same 
Precincts rather than of the proceedings of a military 
outpost. Still more would the boys have enjoyed the 
excitement, when, six weeks later, a constable and 
twenty men with him arrived at Stonyhurst to search the 
house for a ** rebel " servant of the good baronet, for 
whose arrest he had a warrant. Sir Nicholas was at 
home, and sent down word by his steward that entrance 
was to be refused. And the boys would certainly have 
cheered when the constable afterwards retired only to 

depose that " the house was very strong, having a greate 
pair of iron gates to the front, and a pair of wooden 
gates on the back ". This was the 27th December, 1715, 
and Sir Nicholas was after all permitted to sit by his 
Yule log undisturbed. 

There is, however, no need for us to question any 
further the wisdom or discretion of those Catholics who 
took an active part in the Rebellion ; but a few final 
observations relative to the title which Cosin prefixed to 
his "List" may not be out of place, as some slight 
doubt appears still to exist as to whether it is made up 
solely of Catholics. Now it must surely at the outset 
occur to anyone as highly improbable that, in the terrible 
days of the penal laws, anybody besides a " Papist " would 
be so misguided as to think himself called upon to take 
any step whatever in response to the Act i Geo. I., cap. 
55, "obliging Papists to register their names and real 
estates ", I ndeed, the opening passages of the Act 
{see Appendix 11. , Eng. Cath. Nonj.) are sufficiently 
explicit as to what class alone it had reference. Then, 
again, this Act is constantly being confused with another 
(9 Geo. I., cap. 24), which "obliged Papists in Scotland and 
ALL PERSONS in Great Britain refusing to take the oaths 
to register," &c. Here again the language of the Act is 
unmistakable, for we find that " all persons refusing to 
take the oaths of allegiance had . . . before 25th March, 
1724, to register their names . . . in such and the sa»te 
manner and form as Papists were obliged and directed to 
register theif names . , . in and by an Act passed in the 
first year of his Majesty's reign ". The distinction 
between the two Acts is marked. Consequently, we find 
at the Record Office \Court of Exchequer, Q. R. Papists' 
Estates'] that, of those who registered their names under 
the Act 9 Geo. I., hardly a Catholic is to be found, except 


for the most part the son or widow of one who had 
previously registered under the first Act, but who had 
died during the eight intervening years. On the other 
hand, we find in the latter (the Exchequer) list numbers 
of nonjurors — nonjurors, i,e.^ in the ordinary acceptation 
of the term, ministers and their wives, such, e.g., as 
Thomas Brett, the nonjuring bishop, and others. Here 
we might remark in passing that the title of the volume, 
English Catholic Nonjurors of 1715, was not decided 
upon without much deliberation ; for \st, there was a 
distinct objection to the title as given by Cosin ; 2ndlyy 
the ** List " being that of those who had ** refused to take 
the oaths to his Majesty King George," the numbers 
comprising it became ipso facto ** Nonjurors," as Burke 
in his Dictionary of the Landed Gentry so designates 
them [see Eng. Cath. NonJ.y p. 33] ; 2>rdly, since the 
names — though hardly any of them were among the 
** rebels" — are so interwoven with the events of ** 1715," 
that year was mentioned on the title-page in preference 
to 1 71 6-1 8 — the date of the *' registers," the collection 
of which by the various clerks of the peace was 
necessarily a work of time. It is interesting, moreover, to 
record that the Act 1 Geo. I., c. 55, together with the 
Act 3 Geo. I., c. 18, ** explaining " it, were repealed by 
Act 31 Geo. III., c. 32, sec. 21, though, singularly 
enough, both were reprinted as recently as 1859. The 
Act 9 Geo. I., c. 24, was not, however, repealed until 
1867 by the Statute Law Rev. Act. 

But the question returns — Why did Cosin describe his 
**List" as that of "^^ Roman Catholics, Nonjurors, and 
others " ? Possibly a reason may be found in what 
follows. In the Public Record Office, among the 
** State Papers Domestic Anne," is a ** bundle" (No. 14) 
very important for our purpose : one portion of it has 


reference to " the City of Westminster," and the other to 
the " County of Middlesex ". The first-named bears the 
following title: "List of all Papists, Nonjurors, and 
other Persons suspected to be disaffected to your 
Majesty's Government, with such particular distinctions 
and remarks upon them as have severally appeared 
before us . . . which is humbly submitted to your 
Majestic". This is signed by the Justices of the Peace 
for the City of Westminster. That for the County of 
Middlesex is a similar document, being a " Return of 
Papists and reputed Papists," &c., and dated 13th April, 
1 708. The title, however, is significant, and, in all 
probability, Cosin had seen this very " List," and unre- 
flectingly decided upon a similar title for his own a few 
years later. These Lists of 170S, which are certainly in 
perfect harmony with their title, possess great interest, 
and are well worth our brief examination. The names 
are classified under the following heads : 

(A.) Those who took the oath of allegiance, but 
refused the oath of supremacy, or to repeat and subscribe 
the declaration against transubstantiation. 

(B.) Persons summoned to appear before the Justices 
of the Peace, but who did not appear. 

(C.) Those who took the oaths of allegiance and 

(D.) Those who refused the oath of abjuration. 

(E.) Those who subscribed the declaration against 

Of course, in these lists, we meet with several names 
faiTiiliar to us in Cosin : of these, some occur under two 
headings, but nofie of Cosin's names appear under Class 

Mrs. Csecilia Cornwallis, of Kensington, refused all 
oaths, and is described as " keeping a Popish school " : 


Francis Bird, of St. Giles', mason, and George Beveridge, 
** a dancing master," took the oath of allegiance, but gave 
bail for their personal appearance. 

Under Class A we have Nathaniel Pigott, of Boswell 
Court : Peter Brand, of St. Andrew's, Hoi born, gent. : 
Bernard Tourner, of Brownlow Street : Charles, Lord 
Baltimore, of Devonshire Street : and Richard Pepper of 
Gray's Inn, gent. Under both A and D we have 
Charles Tancred, of Russell Street, woollen draper : 
Thomas Pendrel, of Bridge Street, distiller : Richard 
Wright, of Russell Street, goldsmith : Ferdinando Pulton, 
a hosier at Mr. Turner's, a hatter : Francis Robotham, 

Under Class B we find Sir Charles Ingleby, Basil 
Fitzherbert '' prope Turnstile," Henry Tasburgh : Charles 
Smalbone : Richard Pendrel, in Change Court, apothecary : 
Stanislaus Bowes, chirurgeon at Hammersmith : Thomas 
Rouse, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, milliner : Charles 
Tempest, "of St. Giles', goldsmith, and Richard Towne- 
ley, his lodger ". 

George Beveridge is further described as a chandler, 
living in Shorts Gardens, St. Giles' : Ric. Purcell, of King 
Street, Bloomsbury, gent., and Edward Berington, of 
Silver Street, printer, also refused the oaths ; while 
*' Benedict .Conquest and John Roper, of St. Andrew's, 
Holborn, gent. : Edward Webb, of Gray's Inn, and 
Christopher Atwood, of Lyons Inn, all refused the said 
oaths, and paid the penalty of 20^. each : Henry Curzon, 
of St. Andrew's, gent,, likewise refused, and paid the 
penalty of 30^.". 

Several others could be named here whom Cosin also 
gives, but more to our purpose is it to notice in this 1 708 
List the names of many returned as ** Nonjuring Parsons " 
— some of them eminent as Nonjuring Bishops — such as 

Archdeacon Fitzgerald, Thomas Stamp, Edward Stacey, 
of Plumtree Square ; Thomas Wagstaff, of Charterhouse 
Yard ; Shadrach Cook, " Mr. Seth Lamb, a nonjuring 
minister living in the parish of Ealing " ; Nathaniel 
Spinckes, and Henry Gandy, " of Old Street Square," &c. 
These men we find in the same lists with Basil Fitz- 
herbert and others familiar to us as Catholics, yet none of 
them figure in Cosin's List, and we must remember that 
Spinckes did not die until 1727, nor Gandy until 1733. 

Finally, I would record, while on this subject, that the 
late Canon Estcourt {R.I. P.) was strongly of opiiiion that 
Cosin's "List" was exclusively comprised of Catholics, 
Nor should we forget that the times of which we are 
treating were unhappily, in too many cases, the com- 
mencement of a great falling away from faith, arising 
from numberless mixed marriages, general laxity of life, 
and other causes already noted. This may, therefore, in 
a measure account for occasional inconsistency of lan- 
guage, whether in a will or in the registers themselves. 

But while there is much to deplore, there is, on the 
other hand, abundant matter both for consolation and 
edification to be gathered from these authentic records 
of our Catholic ancestors. 



/uly 14. 




Margaret Brand, of Turvey, names her four sisters Chris- 
tian, Susan, Winifred, and Mary B., her nieces Margaret and 
Petronilla, das. of her brother Peter Brand, and her aunt Mary 
Waters, [ist February, 1720 — 23rd June, 1729.] The name of 
Waters occurs several times in the Catholic Registers of Weston- 
Underwood, co. Btu^ks, privately printed in 1887. 

Benedict Conquest, of Imham, co. Lincoln, son of Ben. 
and Anne Conquest, names his son Benedict and da. Mary, to 
whom George Markham was guardian, also his three sisters 
Eli2;. and Winifred Conquest and Mary Wright, with his 
nephews William and Thomas Rayment. Admon. of his 
estate was granted, 19th April, 1762, to Mary, widow of George 
Markham, the executor, who died before fully administering, 
[3rd July, 1753 — I2th November, 1753.] 


Francis Perkins, of Ufton, son of Francis and Anne P., in 
his will names his four sons— Francis, who died in 1750; James, 
who died in 1755 ; Charles, in 1762 ; and John, the last of his 
race, who died in 1769. [6th October, 1734 — 6th May, 1736J 
John Berington was one of the executors. From an interesting 
paper in Merry England for January, 1888, on ** Old Berkshire 

Missions," Ufton appears to afford an unhappy illustration of 



the way in which, for some mysterious cause, Catholics began 
to fall away from the Faith about this period. The writer 
tells us — his authority evidently being the old Catholic Mission 
Register — that in the year 1750 the Ufton congregation num- 
bered 98, exclusive of any member of the Perkins family ; but 
he adds, alas ! — " It is curious to notice how many of the 
families whose names are there given still exist in the neigh- 
bourhood, although there is twt now a single Catholic among 
them ". 

The will of Edward Wollascott, of Sutton Courtney, 
was proved by his nephew Thomas Betham, 3rd October, 1718, 
and besides his nephew Thomas Wollascott, the elder, he 
names also his nephew Martin Wollascott, who had six chil- 
dren — William (the eldest), Martin and Thomas, Anne, Mary, 
and Frances ; his sisters Mrs. Catherine Wollascott and Mrs. 
Mary Betham, nephew John Betham, and nieces Frances 
Betham and Mrs. Mary Stanford. 

Woolhampton, the old residence of the Wollascotts, al- 
though it now boasts of its Diocesan College, seems to have 
shared very much the fate of the Mission of Ufton. 

Charles Eyston, of East Hendred "... being by God's 
grace steadfast and certain in the intregrity of that Faith which 
his ancestors have received and learned from the 'wholly' 
[sic] Roman Catholic Church, the head of all Churches, in 
which Faith, and in obedience to the Apostolic See of Rome, 
he professes to have always lived and desires to dye, and that 
he may be able to accomplish this his desire by the great 
goodness and mercy of God through the merits of his Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ, and may persevere to the end in 
the same Faith and obedience, earnestly begs the assistance 
of the suffrages and prayers of the ever Blessed Virgin Mary 
and the universal Church of Christ, triumphant and militant, 
with fear and trembling beholding himself and his great un- 
worthiness, yet so far confiding in the grace and mercy of God 
as to have a firm hope and expectation of the salvation of his 
soul, and everlasting life through Jesus Christ ..." names 
his wife Winifred-Dorothy (whose will, afterwards dated 13th 
December, 1750, was proved 6th November, 1753), brother 


Robert, mother Ann, eldest son Charles, to whom he bequeaths 
"Bishop Fisher's Staff," sons Basil, John, and William, and 
das. Winifred, Frances, Ann, and Catherine. [26th May, 1718 
— 20th February, 1722.] 

John Yate, of the p. of St. George, Bloomsbury, 
names his grandfather William Blount, of St. Giles'-in-the- 
Fields, whose will, dated 22nd December, 1699, was proved 
6th February, 1700. This William Blount, desiring burial 
by his wife and brother in St. Giles', names his brothers 
Peter and Colonel John Blount ; his godson William Yate, 
who had a brother and sister Thomas and Mary Yate ; his 

nephew Perkins, niece Margaret Seagrave, and this his 

grandson John Yate, who is probably identical with the one in 
Cosin's List. John Yate names his wife Mary, son John, and 
brother Thomas, and claims property under the will of Frances, 
da. of Rob. Brent, whose executor he was 4th August, 1739, 
she describing him as " of Southampton Street, Bloomsbury ". 
He was married at the date of his grandfather's will ; his wife, 
— ^whom he "thanks and praises" for her care of him, — Edward 
Webb, and Richard Clayton, of Adlington, near Standish, 
CO. Lane, being his executors. [25th February, 1740 — 3rd 
November, 1741.] 

Anne Sherwood, of East Hendred, spinster, by her will of 
14th June, 1711, left land called "Mason's Close" to Edward 
Sherwood, of East Hendred, naming her half-brother William 
Wogan, father-in-law Will. Wogan, sen., and her half-sister 
Alice Hancock, with her kinsmen Laurence Spicer and 
Richard Wise ; administration of her estate being granted, 
i8th September, 1744, to her nephew Edward Hancock, 
passing, 29th March, 1745, at his death to another " nephew 
by the sister," William Hancock. 

Robert Eyston, of ditto, names his wife Elizabeth, eldest 
son George Hildesley Eyston, and youngest son William. 
[20th December, 1725 — 8th March, 1726.] 

Robert Billing, of Old Windsor, gent., in his will, dated 
nth April, 1719, " in good health," and proved 8th November, 
1727, names his wife Sarah and brother Thomas. 



Francis Hyde, of Chipping- Faringd on, desires burial near 
his father at Purley, his brother John being executor of his 
will. He settled on Elizabeth, his wife, 14th November, 1715, 
in bar of dower, lands at Balking. Bequests to Charles Coffin, 
of Buckland, and to Francis C, his son. A further admon. 
was granted, 13th December, 1750, to Mary, the widow of his 
brother, John Hyde. [i8th August, 1736 — 25th August, 

Stonor Crouch, of Wallingford, names his nieces Mrs. 
Eliz. Crouch, Lucy Bigg, and Dorothy Bigg, her daughter. 
[i3th March, 1722 — 8th May, 1723.] 

Dame Anastatia J. Moore, of Fawley, names her mother 
Helene Aylward ; sons Sir John, Benedict-James, Henry, 
Thomas, and William ; and daughters Mary and Anastatia ; 
her wardrobe and plate going to her "daughters in France 
and Flanders," with " £30 to poor prisoners to be distributed 
by her daughter". Some of her daughters had entered Religion. 
[29th September, 1741 — 12th August, 1742.] 

Edward Mooring, of Chipping- Lamborne, names his 
sister Mary, the wife of William CoUett, and their children 
Edward and Mary; his brother-in-law William Lovell, of 
Brambridge, being his executor. [5th July, 1721 — 25th 
August, 1721.] 

Mary Chadwick, of ditto, widow, names her sister Eliza- 
beth, niece Margaret SmaJbone, and nephew Francis, son 
of Charles Clifton, [nth January, 1723 — 27th October, 

John Dancastle, of Binfield, names his friend Charles 
Young, of Leigh Farm, in Lamborne, and Eliz,, widow of his 
brother Thomas D. ; admon. being granted, 6th July, 1749, to 
her son John on attaining his majority. [8th January, 1740 — 
ist December, 1740.] 

Catherine Wollascott, of Sutton Courtney, dating her 
will gth September, 1721, names her son Thomas, together with 
William, Martin, Thomas, Mar>', and Frances, the children of 
dec. son Martin. 


Henry Englefield, of Sunning-Erley-Shinfield. Admon. 
of his estate was granted, 31st March, 1720, to his widow 

John Batson, of Great Queen Street, in the p. of St. 
Giles-in-the-Fields, left his estate to his friends and executors 
Edward Shaw, living at Blackmore Park, Worcestershire, 
gent., and Thomas Pickering, of Aspley, co. Notts, gent. [3rd 
February, 1741 — 12th January, 1747.] 


Robert Dormer, of Peterley, appoints his nephew the 
Hon. John D. and his "brother" Edward Webb, of Gray's 
Inn, trustees, and names his father John Webb and nephew 
Peter Webb, sister (Mary) Havers and godda. Frances, the da. 
of my " cousin Charles Howse," depriving also of a legacy any 
of his nephews, the sons of Charles, Lord Dormer, that enter 
Religion. [21st February, 1726 — i6th July, 1729.] 

Charles, Lord Dormer, names his sons John, Robert, 
Walter, Edmund, James, Joseph, John-Baptist, and Francis; 
grandson Charles, the son of John D.; das. Mary D. and 
Frances Plowden ; the executors being his brothers Robert D., 
Francis Biddulph, and his son-in-law William Plowden. [15th 
September, 1726 — 6th November, 1728.] 

Elizabeth, Lady Dormer, widow of foregoing, by will 
dated i8th December, 1749, with three codicils, the last dated 
iSth July, 1750 (proved in 1752), desires if she die at Plowden 
to be buried there : her " body to be put in a plain decent 
coffin, covered only with black cloth, her age, date of death, 
and initial letters of her name to be in brass nails, sur- 
mounted by Hh, and underneath R.LP.". Among others 
already noticed, she names also Ann, the wife of her son 
Robert, da. Elizabeth, nephews Richard Biddulph and An- 
thony Wright, brother-in-law Edward Webbe, sister-in-law 
Frances Dormer, granddas. Dorothy-Mary, Eliz., Frances, 
Ann, and Mary Plowden; to her da. Frances she leaves a 
picture of Queen Mary, wife of James IL ; picture of the 


B.V.M. in silver filigree frame, a locket of Lord Derwent- 
water'a hair set in gold, and "my sedan chair, now left with 
the widow Lady Jemegan in Winchester"; ;f20 for prayers, 
3 guineas to the priest who assists her at death, ^5 to poor 
Roman Catholics of Idsworth congregation where she lived ; 
to Rob. Dormer, her Church stuff . , . Httle mass book, 
wooden cross, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and a brass image 
of our Saviour upon it : "a picture of our Blessed Saviour on 
the Cross, now in Mr. Parker's room at Plowden" [this Mr. 
Parker being evidently the chaplain was a witness to the 
will] : " a gilt chalice and paten, a silver box to carry the 
Blessed Sacrament in, and another silver box to carry the 
Holy Oils". 

Anne "Weedon, of Bierton, co. Bucks, left her estate to 
her niece Ann Howse, of Bierton, spinster; a witness to her 
will being Mary MinshuU. [igth Februaiy, 1751 — 25th Octo- 
ber, 1 75 1.] 

Robert Burnham, of West Wycombe. Admon. of his 
estate was granted, loth May, 1732, to his widow Dorcas, who 
married, secondly, Joseph Gray : on her death a further admon. 
was granted, 30th July, 1755, to his son Richard B. 

Robert Rooke, of Weston- Underwood, names his brother 
John and wife Elizabeth, the da. of John Fisher. His wido%v, 
by her will, proved loth February, 1730, left her personal 
estate to her son-in-law John Wright, [zoth September, 1694 
— 17th November, 1718.] 

Ursula Price, of Tusmore, spinster, does not state her 
relationship to any of her numerous legatees, but names Mary, 
James, Frances, Robert, and Richard, the children of James 
Fermor, dec. : the five das. of William Waters, of Ousley 
Lodge, in Warwickshire; and Dorothy and Winifred Clapcote. 
[31st August, 1724 — 14th March, 1734.] 

Sir Robert Throckmorton, of Weston-Underwood. His 
will, dated 13th August, 1720, was proved 20th June, 1721. 

Elizabeth, Lady Lindsey, left much of her personal 


estate to her servants and dependants, her son, the Hon. 
Charles Bertie, being executor. [20th June, 1719 — 26th Sep- 
tember, 1719.] 

LoNGUEViLLE MosDELL, of Fulmcr, names his wife Lucy, 
eldest son Longueville, second son James, and grandson 
Christopher M. [4th April, 1737 — 27th May, 1741.] The will 
of his widow Lucy, " late of Fulmer, co. Bucks, and now (6th 
January, 1749) of Uxbridge, co. Middx.," was proved nth 
September, 1750. 


Catherine Palmer, of Willington Cross, names her da. 
Catherine Chichester, and grandda. Mary C, John Smith, of 
Acton-Burnall, being her executor. [27th February, 1727 — 
28th July, 1730.] 


Francis Poole, of Poole Hall, between 1717 and i6th 
November, 1725, the date of his will, evidently forsook his 
Religion. He says " : . . estate in trust for my half-brother 
Rowland, if he shall, at my decease, profess the Protestant 
religion according to the doctrine of the Church of England 
as now by law established, or shall, in six lunary months, 
conform thereto, and qualify himself in such manner as by 
the law and statutes of the realm persons professing the Roman 
Catholic Religion are obliged to conform, in order to take lands 
by descent or devise . . . " ; or, " the estate is to pass to 
James, son of Rowland P., if he conform, within six months 
of his eighteenth birthday, to Protestant Religion"; or, "to 
other issue of his brother"; or, "... to William, son of my 
late uncle William Poole . . ." ; but, "until they conform, the 
trustees are to apply the proceeds of my estate to my daughter 
Harriet " ! His wife Frances is named executrix of his will 
in a codicil dated 13th March, 1740; but she, dying in her 
husband's lifetime, admon. was granted, loth March, 1763, to 
his son Sir Henry, and on his death to Sir Ferdinando P., 
3rd June, 1786, afterwards 4th bart. 



Richard Arundell, of Lanherne, names George-Henry, 
Earl of Lichfield, as trustee of his two daugfiters Frances, 
wife of Sir John Giffard, and Mary Arundell, spinster, his will 
bearing date 5th August, 1723 ; admon. of his estate being 
granted, ist June, 1734, to a creditor, upon the non-appearance 
of executors. 

Anne Couche, late of the p. of St. Sampson, otherwise 
Golant, CO. Cornwall. Admon, of her estate was granted, 
22nd December, 1753, to her husband William. The will, 
also, of Richard C, of Lostwithiell, gent., dated 5th November, 
1739, may be that of R. C, named in Eng. Cath. Nonj., p. 23 : 
he names his brother John, sister-in-law EHz. C, nieces Ann 
and Martha C, and Anne John, and his nephew John C. 


Thomas Howard, of Corby, desires " to be carried by his 
tenants to his grave in Wetheral Church if he dye at home," 
and names his eldest son Charles, younger son Philip, da. 
Catherine, brother John, and sister Eliz. Sanderson, -widow. 
[17th October, 1733 — 31st January, 1741.] 

Henry C. Howard, of p. of St. Clement Danes, co. 
Middx., desires burial at Dorking, appoints his wife executrix 
and Basil Fitzherbert overseer of his will, leaving to Henry, 
his eldest son, the furniture of Gray Stock and London house. 
[Sth June, 1720 — ist July, 1721,] His widow, Mary Howard, 
of Hammersmith, dates her will 28th March, 1721, but the 
executors she had appointed — John Dancastle, of Binfield, and 
Philip Howard — both dying in her lifetime, admon. of her 
estate was, on 4th August, 1748, granted to her da. Frances 
H., spinster : her sister Anastatia Jane, wife of Sir Richard 
Moore, had been named as guardian of her daughters Mary, 
Catherine, Frances, and Eliz, Howard. 

Anna Maria Radcliffe, Lady Derwentwater, dates her 
will from Brussels, 5th March, 1722, with seven codicils, the 
last bearing date 3rd April, 1723, but it was not proved in 


nry, ] 


London until 27th May, 1734, by her father, Sir John Webb. 
She leaves 3^200 to her servant Dorothy Busby, and adds: 
" All such as were servants to my dear Lord, and were 
prisoners on account of the unhappy Rising, may for their 
great sufferings have each 3^20". The Lawson MS, says 
Lady D. died, aged thirty-three, in 1723, and was buried 
in the Church of the English Nuns at Louvain. 


The following extracts are from a MS. in the possession 
of H. J. Pye, Esq. of Clifton Hall, and entitled "An Account 
of Papists in Appletree Hundred," in the co. of Derby, dated 
May, 1706, and whose names were "presented to y* cheife 
Constable of the Hundred aforesaid ". The list is interesting, 
containing, as it does, several names that we afterwards iden- 
tify among the English Catholic Nonjurors : 


Norbury and Roston. 







Anthony Greensmith. 
Laurence „ 
Bazill Milnhouse. 
Nicholas Harrison. 
William Palmer, jun. 

,, ,, sen. 

Nicholas „ 

„ „ jun. 

Bazil „ 

Mary, wife of John Wood, shoemaker. 
William Fitzherbert, Esq., of London. 
Christopher Adams, of Norbury, sen. 
John Mole, of Roston, yeoman. 
William Cooper, 
Robert Bill, 
John Oldacre, 
Thomas Cope, sen., 
Ignatius Greensmith, „ 
John Bill, „ 

Richard Harrison. 

Thomas Wood, of Norbury. 

John Slat or. 

William Cooper. 

Thomas Sherlock. 

Thomas Smith. 

Gregory Milnhouse. 

Bazill Palmer. 

All of whom do live in Roston and are styled Pauperes. 


Richard Milnhouse, yeoman ... his 
estate about £io, but at present in 
Derby gaol. 

WilHam Cooper, 

> paupers. 







Dorothy, his wife, 

Gilbert Whithall, living in London. 

Charles Pegg, sen., of Yeardesley. 

George ,, ,, „ yeoman. 

Jos. Fretwell, of Pentershane, husb. 

Thomas Harston, „ labourer. 

John Lunt, sen., and his wife. 

Charles Arton, hush. 

Susannah „ his wife. 

Jane ,, his sister, spinster. 

,, „ his daughter. 

Peircy Fairebrother, pauper. 
Francis Jackson, stocking- we aver. 
Thomas Brandon, I paupers. 

Ann ,, his da., ) 

Thomas Oldacre, husb. 
Ann Hood, pauper, living upon Mr. 
Browne's charity. 

s his wife Mary and three 
[6th September, 1709 — 

Charles Low, of Oldgrave, nami 
das. Mary, Teresa, and Margaret, 
gth July, 1717.] ' 

Gilbert Whitehall [see Cath. Brent] was one of the 
banker-goldsmiths " plundered by Charles II, to the amount of 
^248,866 3s. 5(i. by the shutting up of the Exchequer in 
January, 1672, for which he was awarded 6 per cent, interest, 
amounting to ;fr4,93i 19s. ,\d. per annum ". The payment of 
this interest ceased after a time. [Collins, History of Bunking, 
p. 43; C. H. Price, Handbook of London Bankers.] 

John Pole, of Spinkhill, names his wife Ursula, nieces 
Mary, Eliz., and Catherine Hodgson; niece "formerly Mary 
Lacon, but now by marriage Littlehells," and his nephew 
James Morphew. One bequest is " to my cousin Francis Pole, 


Esq., my gold cross, commonly called Cardinal Pole's cross ". 
[15th July, 1718 — 1st November, 1724.] 

John Eyre, of Bury's Hall, co. Norfolk, whose will was 
proved by his brother James Eyre, doctor of physic, speaks of 
"the vast business of his brother Henry, and of the large 
extent of his transactions". [19th May, 1724 — 8th May, 1739.] 

Sir Windsor Hunloke names his "now living four sons 
Henry, Thomas, Robert, and James ; his five das. Catherine, 
Charlotte, Ann, Mary, and Marina, by his late wife Charlotte ; 
and his sisters Ann-Teresa and Marina : he left £5 a-year " to 
Mrs. Catherine Whetnall, of Pontoise". [13th March, 1744 — 
24th April, 1752.] 

Gertrude Beveridge, of the p. of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, 
" spinstress," in her will, dated 21st October, 1716, and proved 
15th March, 1725, names her brother George and nephew 
George, her sister Catherine Carter and niece Catherine Carter. 


Hugh, Lord Clifford, desires burial at Ugbrooke, if he 
dye in Devon, at Canington if in Somerset, at Westminster 
Abbey if in or near London, or in the nearest cathedral if else- 
where : he left to the heir of the family, books, paintings, &c., 
and a diamond ring given him by the late Queen Catherine, his 
wife Anne being executrix. [i8th October, 1726 — 24th May, 


Edward Cary, of Tor Abbey. Admon. of his estate was 
granted, 31st October, 1718, to his son George. 

Clement Tattershall, of Dartmouth, bachelor. Admon. 
of his estate was granted, gth April, 1750, to his sister Mary T., 


John Hussey, of Marnhull, leaves to his son Giles his 
house at Bath called the " Belltree " : he names also his da. 
Frances, and his brother Edward Burdet, of Thames-Ditton, 


CO. Surrey. The overseers of his will were Hubert Hussey, of 
Charlton -Horethome, co. Somerset, and John Knipe, of Semley, 
Of his wife Mary he says : " She has hitherto behaved so well 
for the good and benefit of her family . . . and will make a 
proper use of what I leave her". [2gth May, 1736 — 1st 
September, 1736.] 

" Beltre House was," WTites Dr. Oliver in his Western 

County Collections, p. 55, "for a long period the missionary 

residence as well as chapel held under the Corporation of 
Bath, at a ground rent of £S per annum." 

George Penne, of Hewish, in p. of Crewkerne, co. Somer- 
set, names his grandson George, son of his son Edmund P. ; his 
das. Anne P. and Elizabeth Bishop, and hisgranddas. Dorothy, 
Susan, and Anne, the das. of Mr. John Mackrell. [i8th 
February, 1723 — 28th August, 1724.] 

Rebecca Hussey, of Marnhull, names her son Thomas H. 
and Eliz. his wife, her cousin Mary H., of Marnhull, widow, 
and her granddas. Anna Maria and Charlotte O'Hara. She 
named her cousin John H. executor of her will, dated 12th July, 
1751 ; but he dying in her lifetime, admon. was, 29th November, 
1754, granted to his widow Mary. 

John Arundell, of Brinsome, in p. of Netherbury. Admon, 
of his estate was granted, 17th March, 1752, to his da. and only 
child Frances, the wife of John Hanne. 

Margaret Lacy, the elder, of Harmsworth, within the p. of 
Old Alresford, co. Southton, spinster, by her will dated 19th 
July, 1740, desires burial at St. James', near Winchester, 
naming her sister Jane L., nephew Henry L., of Wardour 
Castle, gent., and her niece Margaret his sister, her nephew 
William L, and Peggy his da. On 4th December, 1746, 
admon. was granted to William, brother of Henry Lacy, the 
latter, her executor, having died before he had administered. 

Jane Strode, " now of Kensington, co. Middx,," by will 
dated 30th April, 1735, with codicil 9th September, and 
proved in London 29th October, 1735, left to her cousin 
George Chafin, of Chettle, co. Dorset, her "three parts and 


a half" of the Manor of Stoke Abbotts, and to her cousin 
Rachel Chafin all money and stock in her town house at 
Paris, in Hotel de Ville. 

Humphrey Weld, of Lulworth Castle, under his will of 
24th July, 1721, proved 27th July, 1722, left one shilling each 
to his two sons Edward and James, and his two daughters 
Mary and Elizabeth, and the residue to his wife Margaret. 
Alluding to his marriage with that lady, the da. of Sir 
James Simeon, Dr. Oliver, in his Western County Collections, 
p. 48, says : ** This union, like that of his father, eventually 
brought large possessions to the Weld family". The terms 
of the will certainly hardly favour this conclusion ; many and 
constant, however, were the devices and precautions necessary 
among Catholics, and Dr. Oliver goes on to tell us of the 
"smuggled education abroad" which the grandsons of this 
Humphrey Weld were obliged to obtain. 

Lady Barbara Webb, wife of Sir John Webb, of Great 
Canford, in her will of 2nd June, 1738, with two codicils 
dated 2Sth February, 1739, and proved 13th June, 1740, names 
her son John ; da. Winifrid, the wife of William Franklanid ; 
Ann, the wife of her son Thomas; her da. Montague, and 
granddas. Lady Petre, " the Miss Brownes," and Lady Henri- 
etta Beard. 


Sir John Smythe, of Eshe Hall, in his will, witnessed by 
Richard Clough and Peter Woodington, dated 14th January, 
1736, with codicil of nth September, 1737, proved 6th De- 
cember, 1737, names his sons Edward (the eldest) and Walter^ 
and his da. Constantia. 


Sir Edward Southcott, of Witham Place, names his son 
Francis, and adds that if none of his sons leave issue, his 
estate is to pass to Mathias, Earl of Stafford. The furniture, 
&c., of Witham Place he left to his wife Jane, to be, at her 


death, the property of his da.-in-law Mary Southcott. [21st 
September, 1745 — 2nd March, 1751.] 

William Colegrave, of St. Giles', co. Middx., desires "to 
be buried in St. Sepulchre's Church, near his wife, and where 
so many of his children and grandchildren lie " : he names 
his eldest son Henry, second son William, and his three 
daughters, Frances, the wife of Edward Simpson; Mary Wal- 
mesley, and Barbara Mordaunt; also a nephew John Savery. 
[gth August, 1712 — 2ist October, 1721.] 

Mary, the wife of Joseph Petre, youngest son of Joseph 
Petre, of Fidlers, made her will 24th February, 1726, her 
husband thus attesting it : " This is my dear wife's will, which 
I promise to comply with ". This Mary, " a few days only 
before her death, was delivered of a son, baptised John". 
She was a sister of Anne Hickin, of Wolverhampton. Her 

husband married, secondly, Teresa , as appears by his will, 

dated 8th October, and proved 31st October, 1729, leaving her 

John Wright, jun., of Kelvedon. His second wife, Con- 
stantia, re-married, in 1756-7, Peter HoJford, and died before 
1764. [Lawson J\/S.] 

William Petre, of Belhouse, desires to be buried " in a 
plain and handsome coffin, in the chancel of Stanford-Rivers 
Church, among his ancestors," and names his brother Francis, 
and his sons William (the eldest), Edward (executor), and 
Robert, and adds : " My youngest son Thomas, now at school, 
is to have the interest of £300 only for life if he enter the 
priesthood", [igth April, 1728 — 13th June, 1733.] 

The Dowager Lady Mary Petre. Of her husband Thomas, 
Lord Petre, Dr. Oliver says (Western County Collections, p. 202): 
"King James II. highly esteemed and favoured him, as well 
on account of his own merits, as for the distinguished virtues 
of his persecuted brother, the Lord William, At the revolution 
he was consequently subjected to much vexation, but he lived 
to a good old age, dying 4th June, 1707." 

ESSEX. 1 5 

Henrietta, Lady Waldegrave. Admon. of her estate 
was granted, loth June, 1734, to her son Lord James W. 

Sir Thomas Manby, of Southweald, writes : " I would have 
no strife or contention arise after I am dead ". His marriage 
settlement is dated 5th September, 1694: he names his sons 

Francis, Robert, and Edward, his nephew Gary, cousin 

Francis Petre, and sister Gibbons. [23rd April, 1729 — 

6th September, 1729.] 

Thomas Dancastle, "late of Binfield, but in the p. 
of St. Clement Danes, co. Middx.". His will was proved 2nd 
January, 1728-9, but on the death of his brother and executor 
John Dancastle, admon. of his estate was, loth October, 1766, 
granted to his own son John, as Charles Young, the executor 
of his brother, renounced admon., and Eliz., his widow, was 
then dead. 

Mary Coffin, of Ramsden Heath, names her cousins 
Martha and Bridget Coffin ; Eliz. Poston, of Bloxwich, co. 
Stafford; Charles Parker, of Flemings, and his brother Robert 
Parker, of Runwell. [7th January, 1726 — 3rd July, 1728.] 

John Wright, of Kelvedon, names his sons John, Charles, 

and William ; his son and da. Strickland, and their son 

Thomas. He adds : " I desire my eldest son will take care of 
my brother Lawrence . . . that he be not absolutely destitute 
of subsistence, and I bequeath also £10 to my good friend Mr. 
Charles Browne, who lives with me'*. This was the Jesuit 
Father Charles le Maitre, a native of Artois, who served the 
mission of Kelvedon Hall until his death, 7th January, 1737. 
[21st August, 1721 — 2ist July, 1732.] 

Eugenia Wright, widow of foreg., names her da. Mary, 
wife of Mannock Strickland, cousin Frances Chapman, nephew 

Charles Bodenham, and her father Trinder ; concluding 

thus : " I give £1 to my brother Lawrence Wright, viz., 5s. a 
quarter till the £1 is paid'*. [30th August, 1732 — 2nd July, 


Ann, wife of Ralph Eure, of London, names her son 
Edward, sister Mary Sheldon, nephew William Sheldon, and 


granddas. Philadelphia and Ann Stapleton, making other dis- 
posal of property, " if her grandda. Philadelphia become a Reli- 
gious". [22nd June, 1724 — 24th April, 1733.] 

Thomas Rookwood, of Coldham Hall, " desires to be buried 
among his ancestors in the parish church of Stanningfield," 
naming his sisters Ann and Margaret R., his wife Dorothy- 
Marina, and his da. Eliz. Gage, and her children Thomas and 
John Gage. [17th March, 1725 — 27th February, 1727.] 

Barbara Daniel, of Great Waldingiield, co. Suffolk, 
widow, left Pentlow Hall, &c., in trust to John Bromley, of 
London, fishmonger, and Eliz, Gage, of Coidham Hall, the 
following legatees, all of them "cousins," being named in a 
codicil dated 2gth September, 1739 : Catherine Martin, of Long 
Melford ; Margaret Martin; Frances Dormer, widow; Eliz. 
Jernegan, "who now lives with me"; Thomas Jernegan, of 
London, house carpenter ; Mary, widow of John Low, of Twin- 
stead Hall ; Barbara Johnson ; Amy, the wife of John 
Bromley, her executor; and Eliz., da. of my cousin James 
and Elizabeth Kerington, of Borley Hail. [17th May, 1734 — 
Iith March, 1740,] 

Richard Langhorne, of East Ham, made his will when 
"somewhat infirm". He held lands under the will of Henry 
Holcroft, of Patcham, co. Sussex, and gave legacies to his 
brother Charles and his sister Lsetitia Langhorne ; his cousins 
Richard L., junior, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, gent., and 
Elizabeth, wife of Roger England, tailor. [14th October, 1719 
— igth December, 1719.] 

James, Lord Waldegrave, whose will, dated "Paris, 29th 

January, N. S., 1738-9," was proved 21st April, 1741, his eldest 
son Lord Chewton being sole executor, names also his son John 
W., Captain of H.M. Foot-guards, and his da. Henrietta, widow 
of Edward, Lord Herbert. He desires burial at Navestock, and 
that his son pays his loans, debts, &c., contracted during his 
(testator's) embassy, and leaves money to send back his ser\-ants 
to France. In a codicil dated 8th March, 1740-1, he names his 
"worthless daughter, heretofore Herbert, and now Beard". 
Her husband, John Beard, the comedian and singer, died at 

FLINT. 17 

Hampton, co. Middx., 5th February, 1791, aet. 74. Lady 
Henrietta married him 8th January, 1739-40. She died 31st 
May, 1753, aged 36, and was buried at St. Pancras — an un- 
doubtedly chequered career ! 

Nathaniel Pigott, of the Inner Temple, desires burial in 
the parish in which he shall die, two coaches and six persons 
only (to be named by his son Edward) to attend his funeral, 
and his house in Holbom Row, Lincoln's Inn Fields, and that 
at Whitton to be sold. His wife is to "dispose of plate as 
she may think fit, if she shall recover* her memory'*. He 
names his late son Ralph, da. -in-law Alathea Pigott and her 
children ; his sons Charles (eldest), Nathaniel, George, and 
Francis ; eldest da. Catherine, the wife of Edward Caryl, and 
their da. Eliz. C. ; his da. Charlotte P. ; grandchildren Rebecca, 
Nathaniel, and Catherine Pigott ; brother Adam P. ; brothers- 
in-law Francis Canning and John Busby ; sisters-in-law 

Hannah Busby and Teresa Phillips ; sisters Atton and 

Bowen, and cousins Margaret Brent (who had a catalogue 

of his library) and Mary Binge. [5th February, 1736, with two 
codicils — nth July, 1737.] 

Mary Powtrell, of London, widow, names her brother 
Francis Canning, and Francis Canning his eldest son ; brother 
and sister Richard and Victoria Canning ; nephews Humphrey, 
Nathaniel, Edward, and Richard Elliot ; and her nieces Anne, 
Winifrid, Appolonia, Margaret, and Frances Elliot, the children 

of " my brother and sister Elliot " ; nephew Betham and 

" my niece Mary his wife " ; cousin Nathaniel Pigott and 
Rebecca his wife, and cousin Charles Busby and his sister 
Constantia B. [31st August, 1720 — 5th February, 1721.] 


Sir Pyers Mostyn mentions his father Sir Edward, his sons 

Pyers, George, and Thomas, and das. Mary, Frances, and Anne 

Mostyn; sons-in-law Thomas Culcheth and John Hornyold; also 

Mary Culcheth, the mother of John C, of Gray's Inn, and his 

uncle Henry Mostyn, &c. [25th April, 1720 — 7th December, 





Elizabeth Conquest, i 

Margaret Brent, J- of Larkstoke. Their mother 

Mary Brent, J 

Catherine Brent, in her will dated 14th October, 1706, and' 
proved 19th July, 1724, eighteen years after her death, leaves 
£100 " to her very good friend Gilbert Whitehall, of London, 
goldsmith, as a grateful acknowledgment for the trouble he; 
had in the affairs of her family," and names her sisters Mary 

Green, of Corescome [ ? ], in Ireland, and Bartlet, of 

Evesham, niece Mrs. Mary Knatchball, and cousins 

Edney, Nath. Pigott, and Mary and Anne Cassey. 

The will of Mary Brent, spinster, of the p. of St. Andrew,, 
Holbom, dated nth September, 1724, when " infirm of body," 
was proved 15th October following : she names her cousins 
Thomas Mitchill, Mary Knatchball, and John Green. 

Her sister Margaret Brent desires to pay all the just debts 
of Gilbert Whitehall, bequeaths jf"200 " to Mr. Richard 
Challoner," and names her cousins Mary Green, Gilbert 
Langley, Holdenby Langley, and James Langley. [i6tli' 
May, 1734 — 27th November, 1736.] 

Admon. of the estate of Charles Conquest, doctor of medi- 
cine, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, was, 4th October, 1693, 
granted to his widow Elizabeth. She survived him fifty years, 
and on her death is described as of the parish of St. George, 
Bloomsbury, admon. of her estate being granted, loth October, 
17431 to her nephew Robert Brent Lytcot. 

Maky Cassey, of London, spinster, dating her will lytb 
March, 1725, names her cousins Anne and Mary C, Eliz» 
Smith, and Mary and Anthony Slauter, the residuary legatee 
being Eliz. Conquest. A deposition states that she " died on 
the Sunday previous " to i8th January, 1729 — the date of 
probate — and had "lived for twenty years as a lodger at the 
house of Mr. John Sheppard, a turner, near Long Acre ia' 
Drury Lane ". 

Margaret Greenwood, of Brize-Norton, mentions her 
husband John, and her "three loving and dear children Eliza- 


beth, Anne, and Frances Greenwood ". [26th December, 1730 
—31st August, 1731.] 


Richard Bloore, of Hatherop, names his wife Elizabeth, 
sister Mary Parker, niece Martha Parker, brother Hugh Frank- 
land, uncle Thomas Brandon, Richard Brandon, son of Richard 
[sic, but probably an error for Thomas] " aforesaid " by his 
second vnie and cousin Dorothy Grubb. [29th August, 1718 — 
1 2th September, 1728.] 

Thomas Eycott, "late of South Cemey, co. Gloucester, 
bachelor ". Admon. of his estate was granted, 27th June, 1740, 
to William Eycott, " his nephew and only next of kin ". The 
will of John Eycott, of Cirencester, goldsmith, dated nth May, 
1737, and proved in 1751, may be that of a relative of John 
Eycott noticed by Cosin. He had an estate in the parish of 
Badginton, names his mother Mary then living, wife Elizabeth 
(executrix), his sons Richard, Thomas, and John Eycott, and 
his uncle John Shewell. 

The will of Sir John Jernegan was proved 27th June, 1737, 
by his widow Margaret. 

Teresa, widow of Charles Trinder, of Bourton-on-the- 
Water, leaves to her sister Mrs. Mary Tuke a hair ring set 
with diamonds, Mr. Bennet Rigmaiden being her sole executor. 
In a deposition of two of her servants, she is described as " late 
of Ligny in the Duchy of Lorraine and Barr". [15th July, 
1736 — 8th October, 1743.] 

Henry Wakeman, of Ashton-Underhill, co. Gloucester, 
gent., names his wife Frances (executrix), eldest son William, 
and " other children," brother Benedict, wife's father Will. 
Higford, and wife's brother Will. Higford. [21st February, 
1723— 4th August, 1731.] 

John Paston, " late of Horton and now of Bath "... 
hoping, by the merits and passion of his dear Saviour Jesus 
Christ, and the intercession of His Blessed Mother the Virgin 
Mary, to be made partaker of His heavenly kingdom . . • 
dates his will 28th February, 1736, and desires burial at 
Horton near his wife Anne ; names his eldest son William 


(who in 1726 married Mary ), second son Clement, and 

third son James; da. Frances, the wife of Richard Bishop, 
and their children Mabel and Frances Bishop ; wife Catherine, 
da. Mary, and grandda. Ann Paston ; nephews Robert, Charles, ■ 
and John Needham, of Hilston, co. Monmouth ; and his 
brothers-in-law Henry and Richard Bostock, the latter of 
whom " is to have ^100 for his great care of him during his 
illness". [Proved loth November, 1737.] 

Dame Anne Lytcot, of Larkstoke, in her will dated 1725, 
and proved in April, 1738, desires burial at St. Pancras if she 
die in London, names her son Rob, Brent Lytcot resid. 
legatee, and leaves " 500 livres tournois to executors to be 
disposed of according to directions in a sealed packet ". Ad- 
mon. of the estate of Dame Anne L., " late of St. Giles-in-the- 
Fields, but at Paris in the kingdom of France," was granted, 
nth May, 1747, to "EViz., widow of Rob. Brent Lytcot, left 
unadministered by him, and a further admon. was granted, 
8th April, 1779, to " Fych Burgh, formerly Coppinger, 
one of the executors of the will of Eliz, Lytcot ". 



The Pendrells. Admon, of the estate of John Pendrell, 
late of Henfield, co, Sussex, bachelor, was granted, i8th Feb- 
ruary, 1755, to his brother Charles ; and admon. of the estate 
of Catherine Pendrell, of Boscobel, co. Salop, spinster, was, 
29th December, 1721, granted to her brother Richard P. 

Edmund Advs, of Lyde Arundel . . . "being well . , . 
and fearing he may be called out of this world of a sudden," 
dates his will 8th October, 1724, and desires "to be buried 
in Pipe Churchyard near the wall," and concludes, " for fear 
of sudden death, I now subscribe my name ". He names his 

son Bernard, and da. Baskerville. Bequeaths "£io a-piece 

to all grandchildren ... ^5 for the keeping of anni- 
versary to the end of the world [sic], and 5s. each to poor 
Catho." [sic] : will proved 7th August, 1725. 

John Bales, of Droitwich, co. Worcester, yeoman, leaves 
to his father Thomas E., of Shobdon, co. Hereford, an annuity 


of £4, and names his uncle John of the same parish, and 
brothers Thomas (eldest) and Charles, of Edgworth [sic, Edg- 
ware?], co. Middx. [17th November, 1741 — 24th March^ 

John Vaughan, of Hunsome, directs that his body be 
carried by water, and interred near the grave of his late wife 

in Welsh-Bicknor Church : he names his mother-in-law 

Green, and brother-in-law Thomas Green ; also John Corn- 
wall, and Edith his wife, and their son Thomas Cornwall, 
and kinsmen Thomas, Robert, and Joseph Harper ; " Mary, 
the wife of my nephew Joseph Griffin, of London, tobacconist"; 
my now wife Mary, my sister Teresa, my brother John and 
his wife Elizabeth, with their children John, Richard, Philip, 
Teresa, and Mary. He desires his executors to employ, and 
thus "gratify," Rob. Needham, sen., in the execution of the 
will, [ist September, 1716 — 17th June, 172 1.] 

Thomas Traunter, of Ross, left all his estate to Mary 
his wife. [loth February, 1720 — i6th June, 1721.] 

Henry Scudamore, of Pembridge Castle, names his wife 
Mary (living nth February, 1692), sons John and James 
Scudamore, and his grandson. John Jones ; da. Winifred, the 
wife of William Herbert (executor), and their children William 
and Margaret Herbert ; also James, the son of his nephew 
George Scudamore, of Usk. [gth April, 1736 ; codicil, i6th * 
February, 1737 — loth May, 1737.] 

Ann Pye, "of Perthieu, in p. of Rockfield," by will 
dated 7th July, 1720, when " somewhat infirm," and proved 
24th April, 1722, left her estate to William Acton, of Wolver- 
ton, in p. of Stoughton, co. Worcester, the witnesses being 
Michael Lorymer and Edward and Mary Baskerville. 

John Berington, jun., late of Winsley, now of Stafford, 
gent., names his wife Ann, with Charles Bodenham, Thomas 
Monington, Bellingham Slaughter, and Thomas Palin, guar- 
dians of his three children Andrews-John B., Eliz. B., and 
James B. ; describes himself as " considerably indebted ". 
[26th February, 1720 — 8th March, 1721.] 



Elizabeth Smalbone, of Chipping-Lamborne, spinster, 
leaves 20s. to poor Catholics of p. of Llangarron, co. Here- 
ford," and names her cousins Henry Scudamore, of Pembridge 
Castle, and Mary Eyston, of Hay-Hatch, "a niece of my 
fathers"; her grandmother Scudamore, niece Margaret Smal- 
bone, and nephew Francis Clifton. [8th August, 1725 — 17th 
February, 1730.] 

Charles Eodenham, of Eotherwas, names his son Charles 
Stonor Bodenham, and da. Catherine, his present wife Cathe- 
rine Huddleston (the settlement dating 12th February, 1731), 
the sister of Dame Mary, wife of Sir Francis Fortescue. Had 
advanced ^4000 on mortgage to Edward, son of William 
Charleton, on the Manor of Hesleyside, co. Northumberland. 
His eldest son died unmarried, and his eldest da. Mary (by 
first wife) married John Tancred, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, 
woollen draper, the settlement dating i8th August, 1760. 
[gth September, 1760 — 13th October, 1762.] 

"•i« In the name of God, Amen. I, James Gunter, of 
Saddleboro', gent., being in perfect health . . . desire to be 
decently buried with little expense in the parish in which I 
shall dye." He left all his estate to his wife Hester, his will 
being attested by Catherine Prichard, Hugh Pemberton, and 
Charles Walker. [i6th May, 1723 — 22nd June, 1726.] 


John Newport, Esq., of Furneux Pelham, son of J. F. 
Newport, names his wife Mary and brother Thomas Heneage, 
and leaves ;f 10 each to Eliz., wife of John Smith, and Mary, 
wife of John Barker, labourers, " das. of Eliz. Bawcock, whose 
death I was through great distraction and disturbance of mind 
. . , but without any premeditated malice most unfortunately 
the cause of, and of which I heartily repent ". [gth October, 
1737 — 3rd November, 1737.] 

Walter, Lord Aston, desires burial at Standon Church, 
between his wife and daughter, naming his son James, da. 
Margaret, great-aunt Mrs, Sadleir, da.-in-law Lady Barbara 
Aston, and grandda. Mary Aston. 

By a codicil, dated nth August, 1747, in the form of a 


letter to his son James, "he leaves ^fioo for prayers for his 
soul, viz., £50 to the two bishops in London, Mr. White, and 
Mr. Challence [sic], to give to the most pious and wanting of 
their clergy to pray for me " ; he adds, " You may give ^f lo to 
Mr. Wilson to pray himself, with such other good persons he 
thinks proper, and to distribute what he can out of it to the 
poor Catholics that come to the Chapel at Tixal, and 3^40 you 
may advise with Mr. Horton how to dispose of for the same 
purpose, and I think if the Religious Orders came in for a 
share, it might do very well . . . and as I believe it will not 
cost much, and that your sister Margaret will expect to have a 
service for me at her house, I would have you to pay her what 
is usual on that occasion, and let her know it is my desire ". 
[4th July, 1746— 15th August, 1748.] 

" White,'^ says the Doimy Diary, p. 85, " was an alias of 
Bishop Benjamin Petre,'' who at the date of Lord Aston's will 
was Vicar-Apostolic of the London District, Bishop Challoner 
[Challence] being then also his coadjutor. Mr. Wilson was, it 
may be inferred, chaplain at Tixal ; the Douay Diary, p. 87, 
also names one Joseph Horton as taking the college oath, 17th 
April, 1700. 


Margaret, widow of Ayme Gentil, of St. James', West- 
minster, in her will dated 3rd December, 1720, and proved 
i6th March, 1721, names her three grandsons mentioned in 
her husband's will, and her three granddas. named in that of 
her son John, who predeceased her ; this " John Gentil, of the 
p. of St. Margaret's, Westminster, gent.," names his wife 
Catherine and his mother Margaret, desiring the Duchess of 
Richmond to assist the latter in her office of executrix ; his 
three ds. were — Frances and Margaret G., and Catherine, 
the wife of John Cooke ; to his son, " well provided for by his 
grandfather, he leaves his blessing and a cornelian ". [30th 
October, 1719 — 6th April, 1720.] 


James Blake, of the p. of Bromley, co. Essex, left his 
effects to Rob. Ashmall, Esq., of Lincoln's Inn. [4th January, 




oiled. I 

1727-8 — 13th January, 1727-8.] This is evidently the 
of the Jesuit Father of this name, who, says Foley, Collect. 
S.J., p. 64, was " chaplain at Mr. Mannock's, Bromley Hall, 

Thomas Hawkins. — " Nash, 2nd October, 1758. Whereas 
the stable and offices want new building, I therefore leave after 
my death all my goods and chattels to my eldest son Mr. John 
Hawkins, and desire that he pay . . . any such debts as may 
happen at my death, and as to the buildings I leave them to 
his discretion." 

" 13th September, 1763, son John Hawkins, I give you all 

I have except what I order you to pay by the within 

... to my son Hawkins Gower the first eight bags of hops " ; 

he names also his grandson Thomas H,, and adds : " 2s, a 

week to Goody Matson ... for she had great care of me 
when I could not move finger nor hand ... to my servant 
Samuel Woodrow, my watch, silver shoe, and knee buckles 
. . . and apparel . . . except swords, periwigs, and my red 

"What I owe at Michaelmas." 

"To Mr. Fuller £10; to the butcher £y; to Samuel [?] 19s.; 
hop-poles ;f 48, ;f 20 paid already ; to you for hop-poles £25 ; 
for rent, dung, and cesses, about ^^35 hop-duty." No executor 
being named, admon. of his estate was granted, 24th July, 1766, 
to his son John Hawkins. 

Christopher Collins, of Linstead, writes: "My whole 
estate I leave to my daughters Anne, Lucy, and Catherine, 
exclusive of all my other children ". His will was proved 23rd 
November, 1726. 

George Kingsley, Esq., of the p. of St. James, 
Westminster, desires burial by his wife in the porch of that 
church, leaving 25s. to the clerk to see that it be done. He 
adds : " As my sons will none of them marry, and desiring my 
estate to remain in name and blood of my great grandfather 
William Kingsley, I bequeath my farm ... at Ormsby, co. 
York, to my cousin Anthony K., druggist and citizen of London, 
and to his (Anthony's) sons in order of birth, Anthony, Thomas, 


Pincke [?], Charles, and Thare ". He names also his own 
sons George and Thomas (to whom, by codicil of 7th March, 
I737> he left his pictures and library), and his da. Anne, the 
wife of George Hastings, and his youngest da. Catherine, also 
his wife's sister Mary Kersey. The codicil also names Thomas 
(son of Anthony) Kingsley as executor in the room of Sir Henry 
Bedingfield first named. [25th May, 1725 — 14th March, 1739.] 

John Darell, of Calehill, desires burial in his vault at 
Little Chart, and names his wife Olivia, sons John, James, and 
Joseph, and da. Olivia. [24th May, 1739 — 8th September, 

Richard Gomeldon, of Summerfield Court. Admon. of 
his estate was granted, 26th July, 1719, to his sister Meliora, 
the wife of Thomas Stanley. His father Thomas Gomeldon, 
by will dated 7th July, 1702, proved i6th May, 1704, ** desires 
to be privately buried in the night in the parish church of 
Selling, near his father and wife ". 


John Darbyshire, of Ashton-in-Mackerfield, yeoman, 
names as his executors his wife Ann and his brother James, 
bequeathing his estate at Pemberton to his son Henry, and at 
Ash ton to his son John ; names also his daughter Mary, [nth 
November, 1742 — May, 1743.] 

Mary Cornwallis, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, names her 
cousin Philadelphia Thorold, and appoints Margaret, the wife 
of John Yate, her executrix, though no relationship is stated. 
[13th February, 1727 — 3rd September, 1730.] 

Alexander Standish, of St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, left his 
house called Roundmoor, in the p. of Standish, co. Lane, 
to his sister Margaret S., and names his two nephews Edward 
and Francis Brown (brothers), and two nieces, the widow of 
Laurence Brown and Mary Howard. [5th October, 1725 — 6th 
August, 1726.] 

The will of William Winstanley, of St. PauPs, Covent 
Garden, ** taylor," dated 17th September, 1733, and proved 


24th January, 1735, would certainly be that of a near relative, 
if not the will of W. W. named by Cosin, so many Lancashire 
names being given : his wife Diana is executrix, and on her 
death testator gives "^1000 to Lady Anne Petre, the da. of 
the Earl of Derwentwater, who was beheaded on Tower Hill " ; 
£10 to the Rt. Hon. Lady Winifred Nisdale, with legacies also 
to Rob. Scarisbrook, of Scarisbrook, Thomas Eccleston, of 
Eccleston, and others. 

Sir William Molyneux. His first wife died in 1713, aged 
58, he being 6z years of age at the time of his death in I7'7' 
[Lawson MS.] 

Dame Catherine Sherburne. " Memorandum that on 
i6th January, 1727, Dame C. S., relict of Sir Nicholas Sher- 
burne, of Stonyhurst, being sick of her sickness whereof she 
died at her dwelling-house in Cork Street, in the p. of St. 
James, Westminster . . . having a mind to make her will 
nuncupative, or by word of mouth , . . Edward Strother, 
doctor of physic, Mr. Edmund Gage, and William Scott, being 
come into her chamber , . . expressed herself to them in words 
following ... I give to Gilbert Talbot, of Cork Street, in the 
p. of St. James, my whole personal estate, and declare-him my 
executor." Proved llth March, 1727-8. 

John Culcheth, of Gray's Inn, by will dated 20th June, 
1733, and proved 7th September, 1733, left his "personal 
estate to his mother Mary, from whom he had received it ". 

Roger Culcheth, of "Wottenbury" (probably intended 
for Wappenbiiry), co. Warwick, gent., names his wife Isabel, 
brothers William C, George C, of London, upholsterer, and 
Thomas C, of Studley, co. Warwick, tanner; his two sisters 

Middlemore, of the p. of Bromsgrove, co. Worcester, 

and her children ; and Reeve, of Samborne, and her four 

children ; his brother Thomas being executor, and inheriting 
"all his estate at Wigan, co. Lane". [6th December, 1701 — 
zgth July, 1725.] 

John Grimbalston, of Coughton Court, co. Warwick, in 
his will of 4th July, 1739, proved i6th Februarj-, 1742, "en- 
treats his dear master. Sir Robert Throckmorton, to accept 



twenty guineas," and names his wife Elizabeth and da. Mary, 
his brother Amor Grimbalston, whose children were John, 
William, Amor, Mary, and Ann ; his sisters Eleanor G. and 
Eliz.- Briggs ; sister Alice Bickliffe, whose children were John, 
Thomas, and Alice B. ; his brother Leonard G., and nephew 
Leonard G. 

Frances, the wife of Nicholas Blundell, of Little Crosby, 
died at Dunkirk, in Flanders, 19th August, 1763, aged 78. 
[Lawson MS.] 

Robert Tuite, of Warrington, names his sons Robert (the 
eldest, to whom he left his estate at Plymouth, in the Isle of 
Montserrett, West Indies), Walter, and James ; his das. Mary, 
Margaret, Anne, Elizabeth, and Eleanor ; and his sister Jane, 
the wife of Robert Reyley, and their son Owen Reyley ; Sir 
Joseph Tuite, bart., being named one of several executors. 
[13th April, 1724 — 19th September, 1726.] 


Thomas Blofield, of Hammersmith, gent., by will, 
undated, and proved 2nd October, 1724, desires to be " buried 
by his mother and sister". Duncan Catanach, of St. Martin's- 
in-the-Fields, shagreen-case maker, deposes that he had known 
him many years : he names his cousin Mary Velson, and 
nephew and niece Charles and Ann Catanach ; also Thomas 
and Charles, eldest and second sons of Charles Kinnes, of 
Belgrave ; adding, " I give my clothes to ould Charles Kinds, 
all but my best suit ". 

Charles Fortescue, of Husband's-Bosworth. Admon. 
of the estate of his widow Elizabeth F. was, 30th March, 1753, 
granted to Maria-Alathea-Sophia Fortescue, her da. and only 

William Knight, of Kingerby, co. Lincoln, names his 
son William as sole executor of his will ; the trustees, till he 
becomes of age, being "Robert Dolman, of York, Esq.; Edward 
Greathead, of Lincoln, doctor in physic ; my nephew Peter 
Pennythom, of Fomaby [?], and my wife Lucy K.". Others 
named are " my sons " Richard and Edmund, da. Lucy, my 


brother Alexander and his wife, my sisters Knight, widow ; 

■ — Pennythom, and Anne and Margaret Knight ; brother 
John Knight ; nieces Christian and Elizabeth, the das. of ray 
brother Joseph Knight, deceased ; uncle Mr. Edmund Stilles ; 
my wife's mother Mrs. Lucy Jennings, and " Mr. Edmund 
Turner ". He adds : If either " my son Edmund, or the son 
my wife is big of, go into Religion," his portion is to be £400 
instead of ^1000. [27th January, 1726; proved at Lincoln, 
31st May, 1728.] The following M.L of his sister-in-law is 
copied from a slab in front of the altar in Selby Abbey, York- 
shire : " Here lyeth interred the body of Mary, the wife of 
Joseph Langdale, gent., who died the 23rd September, 1716. 
Requiescit in pace." 

Count MiGLiORUCCi, in his will dated i8th December, 
1723, and proved 23rd February, 1727, describes himself as 
" Peter Joseph MigHorucci, late of Florence, and now of Lon- 
don, merchant ", His widow Lady Mary M. (nee Nevill), by 
will of 6th March, 1735, proved 3rd May, 1742, left her estate 
to her son Cosmas-Henry-Joseph-Nevil Migliorucci. 

Francis Rigmaiden, Esq., late of Twickenham, widower. 
Admon. of his estate was granted, ist October, 1747, to his 
da. Anne, the wife of John Crawford. 

Isabella, widow of Francis Smith, of Queniboro', was only 
da. of Richard Clayton, of Keame [sic], co. Leicester : born in 
1664, and dying 20th June, 1733, she was buried in the chancel 
of Ashby-Folville Church, her husband being a son of Edmund 
Smith. [Lawson MS.^ 

Edmund Smith married Amy, da. of John Sanders, of 
Heningsby [?], co. Warwick. [Lawson MS.] 

Francis Smith, of Queniboro', in his {unregistered) will 
dated loth December, 1717, and proved 15th April, 1721, 
names his brother Edward [?], wife Catherine, and her uncle 
Thomas Busby, of Ashby-Folville ; apparently ob. s.p. His 
sister Helena (says the Lawson MS.) was a nun at Liege, 
where she died 28th October, 1722. 

John Steevens. In Saxulby Church, co. Leicester, are 


the following M.I., as given by Nichols in his history of that 
county (iii., p. 404) : " Here lieth the body of John Stevens, 
of Shouldby, gent., who departed this life 27th February, 1731, 
aged 72. . . . Also Elizabeth, wife of John Stevens, gent. . . . 
died 6th February, 1731, aged 85. . . . Also Winifred, wife of 
Morris Cam, and da. of John and Eliz. Stevens, died 13th 
March, 1737, in the 43rd year of her age." 
John Stevens occurs in Cosin's List. 


Anne Markham, of Claxby, whose will is dated 22nd April, 
1727, says: . . . "I give the veil embroidered upon cambric 
with gold and silver, which anciently belonged to the family, 
and my great pair of beades, the stones spotted with gold, to 
my grandson Philip, eldest son of my son Thomas Markham " : 
her son Percy is executor ; she names also her grandson Thomas, 

second son of her son Thomas, and her das. Pole, and 

Anne and Melior Markham. [Lincoln, loth May, 1729.] 

John Morley, of Holme, in p. of Bottesford, i?ames his 
da's. — — Boswell, Jane, and Anne M., and his son John; 
Marmaduke M. being named trustee. [13th May, 1731 ; proved 
at Lincoln, i8th May, 1731.] 

Marmaduke Morley, the elder, left his estate at Messing- 
ham, and his house at Twigmoor, to his son Marmaduke, and 
his stock-in-trade to his son and executor James ; names also 
his son George and das. Anna Maria, Jane, and Henrietta. 
[2gth November, 1752 — Lincoln, i6th September, 1756.] 

John Fitzwilliam, of Lincoln, in his will dated 4th Feb- 
ruary, 171 1, and proved ist July, 17 18, names his sons Charles 
and William, das. Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary ; his wife Anne 
being executrix. This Anne, his widow [12th March, 1724 — 
Lincoln, 14th August, 1724], desires to have " six poor Catholics 
for her bearers to have a guinea each and 200 poor people 
each to have 6d., each to say before taking the money, God be 
merciful to her soul '*. 

Admon. of the estate of Frances Fitzwilliam, of Clixby, was 


granted, 28th January, 1742, to her husband Charles, before 

William Fitzwilliam (father of John) names his son 
George, cousin Percy Markham, his da. Elizabeth, wife of 
Thomas Eilerker, his sister Elizabeth, wife of Edward Monson, 
dec, and their son George M., and adds : " I give to my son 
John ^5 to distribute for charitable uses to all such persons as 
do visit us, desiring him chiefly to be remembered as shall assist 
me at my death ". The witnesses to his will were Thomas 
Browne and John and Jane Millington. [z2nd June, 1710 — 
Lincoln, 4th April, 1717.] 

Dame Mary Southcott, of Blyborough. Admon. of her 
estate was granted 26th August, 1719, to her das. Catherine, 
wife of Francis Smith, Esq. of Aston, and Constance, wife of 
Thomas Fitzherbert. 

Mary Porter, of Hampton, co. Midd.\., says: " I desire to 
be buried in Kensington Church, near my son George, it not 
being possible for me to lye by ray dear husband. . , . My 
daughters (Eleanor, Catherine, and Diana) may not be per- 
mitted to go to my funeral because it may injure their 
health." She names also her sons John, James, Aubrey, 
Endymion, and Richard. Her agent William Quin, of St. 
James', Westminster, deposed at date of probate that he had 
known her for fifteen years, she being lately in the p. of St. 
George, Hanover Square. [6th May, 1734 — 15th April, 1740.] 

Ralph Eure, Esq. of Kensington, co. Middx., dates his will 
" in good health," and desires that his funeral expenses should 
not exceed ^fioo. He names his son Edward, son-in-law 
Nicholas Stapylton, alias Errington, and four das. Philadelphia, 
Mary, Ann, and Charlotte, [ist February, 1724 — 25th Novem- 
ber, 1726.] 

George Heneagb, of Hainton, names his wife Elizabeth 
(executrix), his sons George, Thomas, Henry, John, Robert, 
Windsor, and Francis, das. Elizabeth and Catherine, brother 
Thomas and sister EUz. H., brother Sir George Windsor Hun- 
loke, and grandchildren Eliz. and George, the children of his 
son Thomas Heneage. [4th November, 1719; codicils 26th 
February, 1725, and 27th December, 1731 — 7th June, 1732.] 



Thomas Heneage, of Cadeby, names his wife Winifred, and 
his three nephews Henry, George, and Thomas, and Catherine 
his niece. [31st December, 1739 — 15th May, 1741.] 

Edmund Southcott, alias Parker, of Blyborough. Admon. 
of his estate was granted, 14th November, 1725, to his widow, 
the Hon. Catherine S. His father's will, dated 23rd January, 
1712-13, was proved in London 13th July, 1715. 

James Hammerton, of Waith, names his son James, das. 
Judith Buckley and Anne Calvert, and his kinsman William 
Loop. [25th November, 1719 — Lincoln, 26th December, 1719.] 

George Simpson bequeathed his house at Louth, " in a 
street or place called Fifth Shambles," to his wife. He speaks 
of " all his children," but names none. A witness to his will 
was Judith Buckley. [3rd November, 1731 — Lincoln, 14th 
November, 1731.] 

His father, " William Simpson, of Louth, taylor," and father 
also of William S., by will dated 2nd January, 1695, proved at 
Louth 1 2th May, 1696, left his Orby estate to his wife Elizabeth 
for her life, to pass at her death to his eldest son William. He 
names also his son George^ das. Anne and Jane, youngest da. 
Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Ashton, and his grandchild 
Mary Wilkinson, the trustees being his " loving friends " Mr. 
Dymoke Walpole and Mr. John Walpole, the latter and Mary 
Walpole witnessing his will. 

Thomas Spurr, of Louth, in will dated 4th August, 1717, 
and proved at Louth 14th August, 1717, by his kinsman and 
resid. legatee Thomas Jenkins, names his wife Bridget, sister 
Joyce S., and her da. Mary, kinsmen John S., and John, 
Richard, Henry, and Charles Jenkins, the witnesses being 
Willia^i and George Simpson and William Bond. 

Simon Warren, of Dunston, farmer, names his wife Mary, 
his sons William, Peter, and Joseph, and da. Jane; Edward 
Walpole being one of three guardians of his children, [nth 
November, 1727 — Lincoln, 8th December, 1727.] 

Troth Mastin, of Grimolby, Grange, co. Line, widow, by 
will dated 17th August, 1722, proved at Lincoln 23rd October, 


1723. by her son Samuel, names also his da. Catherine, her 
grandda. Catherine Short, the " da. of my da. Troth," and her 
cousin Edward Knipe, of Grantham. 

John Robinson, of Fulbeck, names his sister Mary Coxon, 
nephew and niece Wilham and Ehz. Coxon, and a nephew 
Benjamin Jessop, in a codicil dated 30th December, 1725- 
[26th April, 1722 — Lincoln, 22nd March, 1726.] 

William Smith bequeathed his Bucknall estate to his da. 
Mary, and his estate at Sturton-in-the-Steeple, co. Notts, to 
his da. Anne ; names also his cousin Christopher Smith, the 
trustees of his daughters being his brother Samuel Mastin and 
Mr. Peter Medcalfe. [z6th December, 1723 — Lincoln, 18th 
June, 1728.] 

William Thorold, of Little Ponton. On a slab in the 
chancel of Little Ponton Church, is the following: " D.O.M. 
Hie jacet corpus Gulielmi Thorold, armigeri, hujus manerii 
Df.i. qui pie obiit XX. die Septembris, anno Dom. MDCCXXV. 

The following Little Ponton entries are extracted also from 
the Bishop's Register at Lincoln : 

" William Thorold, of Little Ponton, Esq., was buried 21st 
September, 1725". 

" Richard Thorold and Dorothy Martine were married i6th 
January, 1716." 

" Mr. Rob. Thorold, son of Mr. William Thorold, and Mary 
his wife, was buried 14th Februarj', i586." 

This last-named William T. might be the father of, or, 
indeed, the identical " Nonjuror " of that name, as it will be 
seen that his widow Dorothy, who so long survived him, might 
perhaps on that account have been his second wife. His will, 
being neither at Somerset House nor at Lincoln, was probably 
never proved. Though apparently childless, he did not how- 
ever die intestate, as appears from the subjoined summary of 
Close Roll, I Geo. IL, Part IL, 15, 16. " By indenture, dated 
9th February-, 1726, between Dorothy Thorold, of the p. of St. 
Gtles-in-the-Fields, co. Middx., widow and executrix of the last 
will and testament of Will. T., late of Little Ponton, co. Line, 
dec, and George Thorold, Esq., brother and heir of the said dec. 


of the one part, and William Sutton, of the p. of St. George 
the Martyr, co. Middx., gent., and Thomas Osborne, jun., of 
Gray's Inn, stationer, of the other part, the two latter became 
the purchasers of the Manors of Little Panton, alias Little 
Ponton and Basingham, with advowson, and Manor house of 
Little Ponton." 

Upon the death of her husband, Dorothy appears to have 
resided abroad. The following summary of her will is made 
from the original, now among the Archives of the Dominican 
Priory, at Haverstock Hill : 

" Dorothy Compton, widow of William Thorold," dating her 
will nth November, 1768, from the Convent of the English 
Dominican Nuns at Brussels, where she died 2nd March, 
1773, aged 82, names her sister Mary Arundell, "and poor 
relations" in England, and gave bequests to " Miss Frances 
Howard, of Grey-Stock," to ** Sister " Mary Ann Calvert, in 
the Convent of the said Nuns, as also to the younger children 
of the late Francis Bishop, of Brailes, and George Bishop, his 
brother, of London. 

The Rev. Raymund Palmer, O.P., also writes, that 
" Dorothy's younger sister Margaret Joseph Compton, da. of 
Edward Compton, of Gersby (of the family of the Earl of 
Northampton), by his wife Ann Merry, joined the Dominican 
Nuns of Brussels, was professed ist July, 1717, aet. 22, and 
after being thrice prioress, died 29th July, 1768 ". For a 
further account of her, and of " Sister Mary Ann Calvert," see 
Dr. Oliver's WesUrn County Collections, p. 155. 

Thomas Shuttleworth, of Horbling. Mr. A. Gibbons 
has kindly forwarded the following Shuttleworth entries from 
the Bishop's Register at Lincoln : " Horbling, Bap., 28th 
November, 1674, John, sonne of Thos. Shuttleworth, and Eliz. 
his wife ". 

" 1676, July 6, Richard S., son " of the same. 

" 1676, July 20, Buried Richard, son of Thos. Shuttle- 

" 1679, December 10, Bapt. Edmond, son of Thomas and 
Eliz. S." 

" 1684, Buried Edmond, son of Thomas S., Esq." 




One, Thomas Shuttleworth, buried at St. Pancras, dates 
his will 5th May, 1724, from the p. of St. George the Martyr, 
CO. Middx. It was proved i8th May, 1724. He names his 
wife Mary, da. Mary, and two infant children, 

A slab in Selby Abbey Church gives the following: " Here 
lies interred the body of Mrs. Anne Shuttleworth, who departed 
this life, 19th February, 1789, aged 78 years. R.I. P." 

Mary, widow of John Walpole, of Dunston, dating her will 
8th January, 1744 (proved r7th September, 1746), names John, 
son of Stephen W., of Dunston ; Mary and Ann, das. of Charles 
Tancred, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, woollen draper, and her 
cousin Sarah Cheseldine. 

The will of her da. Marj' W., of Dunston, spinster, dated 
15th October, 1729, was proved 12th July, 1742, when admon. 
of her estate was granted to John Smith, executor of the will of 
Edward \V., dec, brother of testatrix, who survived her, but 
died before he administered. She desires to be buried in the 
Church of Slindon, names her sister Alathea, brother William, 
of Dunston, and her " late cousin Dymock Walpole's children, 
of Blankney ". 

William Mastin, of Grantham, gent., in his will dated 

July, 1734, and proved at Lincoln, 4th November, 1734, 

names his brother Robert M., sister Barbara Trelawney and 
her children, br.-in-law George Short, of Grantham, maltster, 
and niece Mrs, Mary Askins. 

The Hon. Dorothy Thimelby, of St. Andrew's, Holbom, 
widow. Admon. of her estate was granted, 25th February, 
1721, to her da, Marj' Giffard, widow. 

Daniel Browne, of Bulby, left his Bourne estate to Peter, 
younger son of his nephew John Browne ; his nephew Peter 
B., of Bulby, being executor, and his (testator's) sister Anne 
being residuary legatee ; names also Mary Dorson, alias Lang- 
worth, and Elizabeth, Anne, Dorothy, and John, children of 
my late nephew and niece Robert and Catherine Langworth. 
He adds that " John, the elder son of ray nephew John Browne, 
of Corby, co. Lincoln, is to have ;£'io upon the decease of my 



sister Anne Brown, of Bulby ". [23rd April, 1735— 6th March, 


Mary Crane, of Gedney, spinster. Her will, of which her 
kinsman Valentine Hilder, and Margaret Knight, of St. Martin's, 
in the city of Lincoln, spinster (resid. legatee), were named 
executors, is dated 20th February, 1730. Admon. of her estate 
was, however, granted, ist June, 1743, to her niece and next- 
of-kin Mary, the wife of Thomas Markham, testatrix surviving 
both her executors. 

Anthony Vane, of London, bequeaths "to Mr. Jemingham, 
goldsmith, the King of France, his picture," and names his 
friend Mrs. Frances Longville resid. legatee. [3rd March, 
1722 — 26th March, 1723.] 

Thomas Bond, of Bury St. Edmunds, by will dated " 31st 
April " [sic]y I7i7> proved by his son Henry Jermyn Bond, 27th 
November, 1732, " desires, if he die in Bruges or in Flanders, 
burial in the Church of the Great Cannes, in the vault where 
Lord Dover is buried " ; names his mother Dame Mary Bond, 
eldest da. Henrietta B. (dec), and youngest da, Mrs, Judith 
B. ; Sir Rob. Davers, bart., being trustee. 

The will of William Millington, of the bail of Lincoln, 
baker, dated 2nd February, 1759, and proved in the same year, 
is that, probably, of a son of John M. named by Cosin ; he 
names his wife and five children — Sarah, William, Thomas, 
Mary, and Ann. 


Elizabeth Prujean, of the p. of St. George the Martyr, 
widow. Admon. of her estate was granted, 13th June, 1746, 
to her son and only next-of-kin Francis. The will of this 
Francis Prujean, of " Sutton Gate," in the p. of Homchurch, 
CO. Essex, dated 5th April, 1774, was proved by his son 
William, 2nd August, 1780, to whom he left his estate there, 
and adds : "I desire burial in the vault of my ancestors at 
Homchurch, near my wife, with a crucifix on y*^ top, and a 
cross on my breast . . . my da. Elizabeth is to have the 
remainder of the term of my house in Great Ormond Street 


... as also the goods in my lodging I now dwell at in Poland 
Street. ... A picture at ' Sutton Gate,' of the Scourging of 
our Saviour, I declare to be the property of the Hon, Mrs. 
Molyneux," He names also his son John and da. Ann, 
" commonly called Dame Mary Magdalen ". 

Evelyn, in his diary, says (gth August, 1661} : " I went to 
that famous physitian, Sir Fr. Prujean, who showed me his 
laboratorie, his work-house for turning . . . also many excellent 
pictures, especially the Magdalen of Caracci". 

Frances Flatman, of St. Giles' -in-the-Fields, spinster, de- 
sires burial in that church, her will being proved in the Com- 
missary Court of London by her servant Susan Smith. [15th 
May, 1734 — 28th January, 1736.] 

Dame Clare Guldeford, of ditto, leaves £zo to the poor, 
to be distributed by her servants Rob. Jenks and Cath. Cams, 
which her aunt Sarah Guldeford is to give them. [lOth July, 
1738— 14th November, 1738.] 

William Lane, of the p. of St. Swithin, in the city of 
Lincoln. " I give my house, known by the name of the 
Three Old Tuns, in Thames Street, near Billingsgate, to my 
only da. Mary Lane and her heirs." He names also his two 
nieces Eliz. Kelly and Emerentiana Twell, the latter having 
two daughters Catherine and Mary. [24th February, 1728 — 
4th February, 1730.] This, therefore, is not the Jesuit Father 
of that name, as suggested in Eng. Cath. Nonj., p. 169. 

Richard Lee, of Great Delce, by his wife Margaret had 
no issue, but in his will dated 25th February, 1710, with a 
codicil of loth October, 1719, proved i5th April, 1725, he 
names his grandson Richard Lee, his sister Mary Watson, and 
her son William W. 

Admon. of the estate of Agnes de la Fontaine, of Lowick, 
widow (probably of John de la F.), was, 29th August, 1733, 
granted to her son Charles. 

Dorothy Panton, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, desires to 
lie by her husband in St. Eustace's Chapel, in Westminster 




Abbey, and names her son Brigadier-General Thomas Panton, 
her four grandsons Thomas and Henry Panton, the Hon. 
Henry and Hon. Thomas Arundell, and her grandda. Eliz., 
Countess of Castlehaven. [ist June, 1722 — 8th April, 1725.] 

Elizabeth Rackett, of Hammersmith, widow, names her 
da. -in-law Johanna, widow of Mr. Stanislaus Bowes, late of 
Hammersmith, chirurgeon ; also her sister Mary Hoffman, 
widow, the latter being with Thomas Stone, of St. Dunstan's- 
in-the-West, gent., executors. [20th July, 1722 — Z4th Septem- 
ber, 1725]. 

Admon. of the estate of William Percy was granted, 23rd 
November, 1721, to John Wybarne, husband of EUz. Percy 
(afterwards Wybarne), and only child of W. P., late of St. 
Andrew's, Holbom, co. Middx., widower, she then being also 

Margaret Lee, widow of Richard Lee, leaves her grand- 
son Richard Lee her house in Gerard Street, and her niece 
Frances Butler her " striped crimsoii night gown ", She names 
her cousin Edward Webb, of Gray's Inn, nephews Francis and 
Richard Rich and William Watson, sister Mrs. Catherine 
Watson, niece Mrs. Mary Watson, bequeathing to her servant 
her " black and white striped satin night gown ". [22nd August, 
1724; with codicil 12th February, 1725 — 12th April, 1725.] 

William Woolfe, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, left his estate 
to his widow Frances. [i6th January, 1737 — 23rd January, 
1 739-] 

Hon. Charles Somerset, of East Street, near Red Lion 
Square, names his dec. wife Frances, da. of Dorothy Hanford, 
and cousin of Edward Hanford, of Woollashall ; also his uncle 
Edward Hanford; leaves his boots, linen, and two best peri- 
wigs to his brother Henry Somerset, [ist December, 1720 — 
2nd July, 1724]. 

Mary Rods, of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, widow, dates her 
will 27th November, 1752. One executor is Eliz. Rowbotham, 
to whom she leaves ^5 a year from her " rents coming from 
Hendly House and lands in Lancashire and Oxford". Her 


nephew, John Rowbotham, of p. of Christ Church, Surrey, 
brazier, deposed (l8th July, 1755) that he had known her from 
his youth, and on the same day admon. was granted to Ann 
Rowbotham, widow, and sister of Mary Rouse, widow, the 
executors having renounced. 

Sarah, the widow of John Rous, late of St. John Street, in 
p. of St, Sepulchre, London, distiller, names her brother-in- 
law John Hills, of the p. of St Leonard, Bromley, co. Middx. ; 
Anne, his wife ; and their children John Hills, jun., and 
Mary-Ann Hills, her nephew and niece. [12th November, 
1741 — i6th November, 1741.] 

Charles Blake, of St. George's, Hanover Square, desires 
burial at the west end of the churchyard of St. Paul's, Covent 
Garden, " where his wives and their children lye," names his 
late son Charles B., son-in-law George Tilden, grandson George 
Tilden, and grandda. Teresa Baladine, sister of G. T., nephew 
Charles Blake and his wife, and niece Dorothy Blake. [7th 
October, 1732 — ist December, 1732.] Assuming this to be the 
will of C. B., the " Nonjuror," he was therefore aged 95 at 
the time of his death. 

Henry Tasburgh, of St. Giles', names his wife Susannah, 
nephews Francis Tasburgh, of Bodney, and Basil Bartlett, his 
sister Anne Bartlett, widow, &c. His house in Devonshire 
Street, in the p. of St. George the Martyr, and most of his 
effects he leaves to his da. Mary Clare Tasburgh [27th 
September, 1732 — 10th January, 1738.], who afterwards 
married Sir Thomas Gerard, hart., and dying 37th October, 
1768, ast. 42, was buried at St. Pancras. [Cansick's Epitaphs 
of Middlesex, p. 15.] 

The will of Elizabeth Armstrong, of St. Margaret's, West- 
minster, widow, dated 1st May, and proved loth May, 1742, by 
which she left her estate to her niece Judith, the widow of her 
nephew Laurence Wierex, tallow chandler, may possibly be 
that of E. A., the " Catholic Nonjuror ". 

Margaret Calvert, Lady Baltimore, names her grandda. 
Charlotte C, and Cecil, youngest son of Benedict C, her execu- 




trix being Mrs. Frances Errington. [15th July, 1731 — 2l8t 
July, 1731.] 

George Brownlow Doughty, of Beenham, co. Berks. 
Admoo. of bis estate was granted, loth April, 1744, to his son 

His widow, Frances D., of Devonshire Street, in the p. of 
St, George the Martyr, in her will of 31st May, 1763, names 
her four sons (then living) Henry, George, James, and Robert, 
and her three das. Frances, wife of Henry Wells ; Mary, wife 
of Thomas Mannock; and Charlotte D., spinster; John Prujean 
being a witness, and John Maire, of Gray's Inn, executor of 
her will, proved 28th November, 1765. Further admon. was 
granted, i8tb April, 1776, to her da. Mary Mannock. 

His father, Philip Doughty, of Marford Hall, co. Lincoln 
(whose will of 30th March, 1710, was proved 20th May, 1710), 
married Elizabeth, only child and heir of William Brownlow, 
of Humby, co. Lincoln, a brother of Sir John Brownlow, bart. 

Grace Hatcher, who by will left some estate to the Doughty 

family, was da. and co-heir of William Harbord, and first wife 

p of Thomas Hatcher, Esq. of Careby, co. Lincoln, who died at 

j Bath, 6th September, 1714. [Blore's Hist, of Rutland, p. 134.] 

Jane Fitzwilliani, of the p. of St. James, in the Liberty 

of Westminster, names her da. Jane, the wife of Dally, 

and their children Jane and Mary Dally ; her two cousins 
Henry Cuffaud and Richard Compton, and her friends John 
Yate (who, with [Bishop] Benjamin Petre, witnessed her vrill) 
and Margaret Yate his wife, [2nd December, 1723 — 28th 
September, 1730.] 

Elizabeth Gazaigne, widow of John G., late of the p. of 
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, co. Middx., tailor, in her will dated 
25th April, 1737, when "in pretty good health," and proved 
lOth February, 1743, says : "... I have for life the produce of 
33,000 livres from the tov/n house in Paris in the name of 
Eliz. Robinson, which goes at my death to my son John ". 
She names her das. Mary Eraser and Frances Tancred, grand- 
son Charles Tancred, and cousins Ann and EHz. Purcell. Her 
husband John G. appears to have been the son of John G., of 
Theobald's Court, Holborn, by his wife Mary G., alias Adams, 


the will of this Mary G. being proved 6th February, 1718, 
O.S.J by her son Anthony G. 

Admon. of the estate of AURELIUS Jones, of St. Anne's, 
Westminster, was granted, 14th February, 1728, to his widow 

Admon. of the estate of Charles Smalbone, of Lambome, 
CO. Berks, was granted, l6th September, 1734, to his sister I 
Margaret S., spinster. 

Elizabeth Moren, of the p. of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 
desires burial near her husband Dominic M., in the churchyard 
of Covent Garden, and names her sons Dominique and Charles, 
and her sister Mary Hinton, of Newbury, co. Berks, widow. 
[13th April, 1711 — 1st December, 1730.] 

" Dennis Molonv, Esq., now of Gray's Inn, and late of 
Lincoln's Inn . . . desires burial in Sumerset House Chapel, 
if allowed, and if not in St. Andrew's, Holborn ; " names his 
nephew Daniel, a nephew in Clare's regiment, and son of his 
sister Honora Macnamara ; he gives legacies " to the late 
Bishop Molony's poor relations, !n co. Clare ... to Mr. 
Turberville, my horse, I am glad he is a good one for my 
friend's sake . ■ . ^10 each to the clergy of the Portuguese, 
French, Spanish, and Sardinian Chapels, in London, that they 
may severally say and perform the service and office for the 
dead . . . the poor begging at the chapel door when such 
service is performing to have 2 guineas divided amongst them, 
and they to join in praying for my soul at the same time." 
[30th November, 1726 — lOth January, 1727.] 

L^TITIA Langhorn, of St. Sepulchre's, London. Admon. 
of her estate was granted, 8th December, 1729, to her sister 
Catherine, the wife of Rob. Burton. j 

Anne, Countess of Sussex, desires burial early in the morn- 
ing, with only one coach to attend her funeral ; names her 
grandson Thomas Barrett Leonard, da. Lady Barbara Skelton, 
and grandda. Anne Roper, with the other children of her da., 
the wife of Henry, Lord Teynham. [15th May, 1722 — 19th 
May, 1722.] 



Francis Bird, of St. Giles'. Admon. of his estate was 
Igranted, 13th March, 1731, to his widow Hester, and a further 
fadmon., 5th July, 1751, to his son Edward Chapman Bird, of 

rthe estate left unadministered by the widow at that time dec. 

Mary Rouge, late of the city of Paris, spinster. Admon. 
of her estate was granted, 17th December, 1719, to her brother 
John R. 

Sir Henry Bond. " Translated out of French " is the will 
of his mother-in-law Eliz. Benoist, living 20th April, 1724, in 
King Street, in p. of St. James, Westminster, and " widow of 
the late Hon. Simon le Noir, Esq., councellor and secretary to 
the most Christian King": she names her grandson Sir Thomas 
Bond, and granddas. Eliz. and Lelia Bond. Her will was 
proved ist June, 1724, 


John Jones, Esq., " late of Dingestow, now of the Dry 
Bridge, in the p. of Monmouth," names his wife Catherine, 
sons Richard {eldest) and John, and das. Teresa, Catherine, 
Margaret, and Cecily: one witness is Michael Lorimer. [14th 
January, 1725 — 17th May, 1726.] 

Frances Watkins, now or late of Bergavenny, spinster, 
names her kinsman Rob. Gunter, of Bergavenny, doctor of 
physic, and his brother and sister John and Jane Gunter ; 
leaves some plate to Anthony Wright, of Covent Garden, to 
Michael Lorimer the younger, of Perthire, and to Mary Gunter, 
of Bergavenny, widow, [23rd April, 1739 — 26th July, 1739-] 
The will also of Charles Watkins, of Abergavenny, son of 
Charles and Mary W., late of the Wayne, in p. of Tregare, 
dated 8th July, 1737, was proved 28th January, 1738: he left 
all his estate to his executor, Edward Webb, of Gray's Inn. 

I John Vaughan, "the elder," of Courtfield, by will of 23rd 

, September, 1750, left his personal estate to his wife Elizabeth ; 

a codicil of 8th April, 1754, states that " pictures, plate, and 

furniture are to continue as standards and heirlooms in the 

house". Proved 8th April, 1755. 


John Ayleworth, of Trecastle, in p. of Llangoven, names 
his wife Elizabeth, sister Hannah, the wife of Edward Philpot ; 
his three nephews John Goshng, of Chepstow, cooper ; Roger 
Cadogan, of Coytrey ; and Henry Cadogan, of Kemys-Com- 
mander, co. Monmouth ; with legacies to Anne, Eliz., Winifred, 
and Hannah, the four das. of John Prichard, of Skenfrith, by 
Anne his wife (testator's niece) ; to Winifred, wife of Mr. 
Herbert, and da. of Henry Scudamore, of Pembridge Castle, 
and to his cousin John Ayleworth, of Llandanny. [Sth Janu- 
ary, 1725 — 15th April, 1726.] 

Matthew Jones, of Skenfrith, names his late parents Rice 
and Ann Jones, wife Alice, sons William (eldest), John, and 
Robert ; das. Ann and Teresa, and his brother John Jones, 
James Powell is named as " tenant of the Wayne," the over- 
seers of his will being his kinsman Robert Needham, jun., and 
his cousin Thomas Belchier. [2nd November, 1719; codicil 
13th October, I72i~2nd March, 1722.] 

Edward Progers was son of "William P., of Gwarindee, 
councillor-at-law," by Catherine, da. of Robert Berry, Esq., of 
Ludlow : he married Elizabeth, da. of Walter Williams, of 
Llanfuyst, his grandfather being Charles P., colonel of King's 
Guards, who married, first, a da. of Henry Baker, of Aber- 
gavenny, by whom he had only one da., and secondly, Hieronyma, 
da. of William Bawd, of Walgrave, co. Northampton. [Brit. 
Mas., Harl. MSS. 2291, pL ii,, f, 32.] 

Robert Needham, jun^ of St. Maughan's, died 4th April, 

1720 : he married, _;irs/, Lucy, da. of Scudamore, of Black- 

brooke, and secondly, Anne, sister of Charles Pye, of the 
" Mynde ". [Lawsmt MS.] On 4th July, 1753, admon. of the 
estate of Rob. Needham, late of Hilston, co, Monmouth, was 
granted to Robert Needham, son of dec. Ann N,, widow of dec, 
herself dying before she had taken admon.: "the letters of 
admon, of said dec, granted in October, 1724, to Susanna N,, 
widow, grandmother and guardian of the said Robert N. and 
of Charles N., and of John N., an infant, children of the said 
dec, then minors, for their use and benefit,, and until they or 
one of them should attain twenty-one years of age, being ceased 



and expired by reason the said Rob. N. hath attained the age 
aforesaid ". 

Dr. Oliver, Western County Collections, pp. 6z and l8g, writes 
of these "minor" Needhams, that John N. afterwards married 
Eliz., da. of Robert Rowe, by Prudence Chichester his wife; 
while of Charles, he says : " This gifted elive of Douay College 
and polished gentleman arrived at Tor Abbey, loth December, 
1745, where until the autumn of 1788, he continued his 
invaluable services to religion and to the [Cary] family. 
Retiring from the charge of the flock, he afterwards resided 
at the village of Tor Mohun until February, 1798, eventually 
dying in London, loth September, 1802, aged 88 ". The Douay 
Diary, p. 63, speaks of him as optiiucs spei adolescens, bom 2nd 
October, 1716, and taking the College oath, nth March, 1735. 

Thomas Jones, of Hardwick, bachelor. Admon. of his 
iState was granted, 8th June, 1739, to his sisters Catherine 
[ones and Eliz., the wife of William Taylor. 


"Winifred Jones, " widow of George Jones, of Hardwick, 

now in the p. of Holywell, co. Flint," by will of 8th August, 

1734, proved 19th October, 1736, left her " linen and furniture 

' in her room at Hardwick to her das. Catherine J, and Bliz., 

» naming her brother Thomas Davies, of Trerabbott, resid. 
George Scudamore, of Skenfrith. The codicil to his will 
is dated 20th August, 1717, the will being proved 2nd March, 
1723, by the two first-named of his three executors, viz., his 
nephew Charles Bodenham, George Morgan, of Monmouth, 
and his brother-in-law Robert Needham the elder. 

^_ This Robert Needham, by his will dated 20th Februarj', 

^^n^so, " according to the computation of the Church of England 

^K . . all written with his own hand , . . desires burial in a 

^■frugal and decent manner at night-time," and names his wife 

Snsan, son Sebastian, das. Ursula, the wife of Thomas Bel- 

chier, and their da. Jane, and Susan, wife of George Pinkard, 

■ and Robert their son ; his son John N, with Martha his wife, 

tnd his son-in-law John Richard Langhorn ; also his grandson 

Robert, the son of his deceased son Robert Needham ; he 


bequeaths his law books and MSS. of pleadings to such of the 
sons of his late son Robert as shall practise the law; these, 
his grandsons, are when " eighteen years of age to choose a 
profession to avoid idleness and bad company"; finally, he 
leaves three guineas to his niece Kimbarow Morgan, who nursed 
him in his illness. [Proved 25th September, 1724.] 

William Proger, Esq. of Gwerndee, co. Monmouth, 
appointed his wife Catherine executrix of his will, proved 30th 
April,' 1708, and names his " two sons," of whom Edward the 
eldest appears in Cosin's List, as also does his mother, who, 
2nd July, 1712, married, s€C07idly, William Thomas, of Brecon, 
a brother of Hugh Thomas, herald and antiquary, [Brit. Mus., 
Harl. ^fSS. 2291, and Jones' Breconskire.] 

Frances Proger, of Llantillio-Pertholey, spinster, desires 
burial in Bergavenny Churchyard, near her sister [Hieronyma] 
Mostyn, whose wedding-ring she leaves to her cousin Phihppa, 
the wife of the Rev. Dr. Croxall ; and to the wife of William 
Saunders, " a picture of our Blessed Lord, the Blessed Virgin, 
and St. Joseph ". She names also her two nephews Edward 
and Robert Proger, and her " cousins " [sic] William and 
Elizabeth, son and da. of the said Edward Proger; cousins 
Catherine Jones, of Dingestow, widow, and Mary Cown, her 
friend Robert Cown, of Bergavenny, being executor. [26th 
March, 1731 — 17th May, 1733.] 

Her sister Hieronyma married Thomas, fourth son of Sir 
Pyers Mostyn of Talacre, co. Flint, by Frances, his wife. H. 
M. was a da. of Charles Progers by his second wife Hieronyma 
Bawd. [See Edward Progers and Harl. MSS. 2291.] 

Percy Mabkham, of Spink-hill, names his two cousins, 
Cosmas NeviU, of Holt, whose son Charles was testator's 
godson, and William Fitzwilliam, described as " living at 
present with my nephew Conquest ". His executors were his 
nephews George and Edward Markham, and there are legacies 
to Lady Barlow, Vincent Eyre, of Sheffield, and Vincent Eyre, 
of Dronfield-Woodhouse. [15th August, 1751 — nth Sep- 
tember, 1753.] 


Sir Gervase Clifton, of Clifton, bart, desires " to be 
carried to his burial by his tenantry and servants," and names 
his wife Anne, and sons Robert (eldest), William, Alfred, and 
George, [gth December, 1724 — 3rd April, 1731.] 

Edward, Duke of Norfolk, desires burial at Arundel, and 
names among others his brother Philip and wife Henrietta ; 
kinsmen Charles Howard; Bernard- Edward and Henry- 
Thomas, the two sons of Henry Howard, of Sheffield, [zist 
May, 1777 — gth October, 1777.] 

Hon. Philip Howard, of Buckenham House, co. Norfolk, 
desiring to be interred in Arundel Church, Sussex, leaves his 
son Thomas and da. Winifred "to the care and tuition of his 
brother Edward, Duke of Norfolk," and his son Edward and 
da. Anne to the like care of his wife and executrix Henrietta, 
[7th June, 1745 — roth February, 1750.] 


I Hon. Henry Howard, " of St. Andrew's, Holbom, 
■ bachelor ". Admon. granted, 12th June, 1722, to his brother 

Philip, his mother Lady Mary H. renouncing. 

Elizabeth Heveningham, "of the p. of St. James, within 
the liberty of Westminster, and lately of Hatch, near Hendon, 
CO. Wilts," spinster, names the Countess of Castlehaven, her 

cousin Weld, of Lulworth Castle, and "Mrs. Grimes". 

Her executor, George, the son of Richard and Dorothy Shelton, 
refusing to administer to her estate, admon. was granted, 3th 
December, 1726, to her sister Bridgit Graby, widow, to whom 
also she bequeathed " the rent of her three houses in St. 
Martin's Lane," and whose da. Jane Graby is to receive them 
on her mother's death. [15th July, 1725 — 5th December, 1726.] 

The will of Sir Francis Fortescue, of Sawston, co. Cam- 
bridge, who also held estates at West Walton and Walsoken, 
CO, Norfolk, dated 18th September, 1724, and of which his 
widow Dame Mary was named one executrix, was proved 8th 
January, 1730. 


Dame Dorothy Yallop. On an altar tomb in Bowthorpe 
Churchyard is the following M. I. " Reliquiae Koberti Yallop, 
militis, Loco, Jussu dum viveret suo, coram effoso, depositas ; 
obiit Vir die mensis Mali, A' Domini MDCCV., stat 68. 
Requiescat in Pace." 

And in the chancel of Bowthorpe Church : " Here lyeth the 
bodies of Robert, Henry, and Dorothy Yallop, children of Sir 
Robert and Dorothy Y,, his wife, who died in infancy, 
1660- 1670 ". 

And on another stone. 

" Here lyeth the body of Dame Dorothy, the widow of 
Sir Rob. Yallop, of Bowthorpe, in the co. of Norfolk, Knt., 
to whom she bore four sons and one da. She was the eldest 
da, of Clement Spelman, Esq., of the co. of Middx., and one 
of the barons of the E.\chequer ; a lady no less adorned with 
the endowments of Nature than of Virtue ; and as the former 
gave her the esteem of men, so the latter qualified her for 
heaven, for, if the merciful shall obtain mercy, she in whom 
Compassion and Charity to the distressed shined so bright 
may justly be presumed to have met with a like return from 
the Father of Mercies, in hopes whereof she departed this life, 
the 15th day of Jan., 1719-20, and of her age 84." [Blome- 
field's Norfolk, ii. 384-5.] 

Page, in his History of Suffolk (p. 468}, says that the 
Bowthorpe estate was conveyed to Sir Rob. Y. for his 
services in the recovery of certain Yorkshire estates, the 
property of the Yaxleys, also a Catholic family. 

Sir Francis Jernegan names his wife Anne, sons George, 
John, Francis, Charles, Henry, and Edward, and das. Mary and 
Anne, [nth June, 1730 — 24th November, 1730.] 

Elizabeth Howard, by will dated izth September, 1734, and 
proved ist March, 1737, by her executor James Rokeby, desires 
burial at St. Pancras by her father "as privately and decently 
as 18 guineas will pay," leaves a guinea ring to the Duke of 
Norfolk, her uncle, and "all her effects to Elizabeth Challiner 
for just and good service to her parents and herself". 

Jeremy Norris, Esq., of the city of Norwich, in will of 30th 


I July, 1699, "stilo, Angliie," proved 24th January, 1700, names 
1 his wife Teresa ; former wife Anne, the da. of William Woolraer ; 
' son Jeremy, and das. Anne Reilly and Mary the wife of 
Thomas Seaman. He left also " £"120 to poor Catholics of the 
L city of Norwich to be put out at interest in perpetuity ". 

Vhee Harcourt, gent,, of Little Walsingham, co. Norfolk, 
"by his will dated 5th September, 1714, and proved 22nd March, 
1717, left his estate at Clay-next-the-Sea to Lucy his wife for 
life, passing at her death to " such of his children and their 
heirs as were living at the death of the late Lady Colstone ". 
The Rev. Vere Harcourt, rector of Plumtree, co. Notts, in his 
will of 30th March, 1683, proved at York, 19th July, 1683, 
names his eldest son Vere Harcourt (dec), and his "grandchild 
Vere, son of his eldest son Vere and Judith his wife ". This 
"grandson" was probably afterwards the husband of Lucy 
here named. Dame Anne Colstone died in 1705. The sugges- 
tion in note p. 177 of Eng. Cath. Nonj., that Lucy was the 
widow of the Archdeacon of Notts, is evidently therefore 

Henry Devall, of Swaffham, grocer, gives legacies to his 
wife Mary, to Charles Sherburne, now living with John Eyre, of 
Berries Hall ; " to cousin Thomas Sulman, living with some 
ambassador in London ; and to his (Sulman's) sister Mary 

^PelI, widow, with ^10 to the poorest inhabitants of Swaffham 
as does not take collection ". [26th January, 1728- — 26th 
February, 1728.] 

Richard Bostock, of Bath, in co. Somerset, thus com- 
mences his will: " Deus propitius esto mihi peccatori : fiat 
voluntas tua ". If dying within a day's journey of Bath, 
desires " to be buried between eleven and twelve at night in left- 
hand aisle of the Abbey Church, and that a monumental stone 
against the wall bear only this inscription : , . . Richardus 
Bostock, M.D., olim de Whixall in co. Salopi^ obiit . . . 
Requiescat in pace : " he names his brother Nathaniel and 

nephew Henry B,, and three sisters Mary B., spinster, 

Thickness, and Catherine Paston, widow and executrix, [29th 
January, 1746 — 7th April, 1747.] 


Helena Laurence, of Castleacre, co. Norfolk, in her will 
of 5th October, 1741, proved 9th January, 1742, names her 
grandson Mat, Halcott, of Hoe, next Dereham, her son Samuel, 
and da, Helen, the wife of Thomas Young, of Northwold, with 
their son Thomas Patrick Young. 

Dorothy, Lady Dunbar, " desires to he buried about 
eleven or twelve of the clock in the night," and leaves to her 
"nephew, Cuthert Constable, the picture of Lord Dunbar and 
that of the Duchess of Feria, to be kept as heirlooms in his 
family": names her sister the Countess of Middleton, niece 
Lady Molyneux, and nephews John, Earl of Middleton, and his 
brother Charles, the Hon. James Brudenell, and his da, 
Caroline, Thomas, Earl of Westmoreland, and the Hon. Jane 
Fane. [2Sth December, 1734; codicils 19th August, 1738 — 
proved 24th March, 1740.] 

William Holman, of Warkworth, names his brother-in-law 
Henry Wells, kinswoman Eliz. Dacres, spinster ; wife Mary, and 
nephew Rowland Eyre, with his (Eyre's) sister and brother, 
Catherine and Francis Eyre. [17th March, 1739 — 12th 
November, 1740.] 

Julia Pulton, of Desborough, names her father Robert 
Garter, sons Robert (dec.) and Ferdinand, das, Mary and 
Frances P., and " son-in-law Richard Wright and my da., his 
wife, and their three children ". [20th December, 1717 — 21st 
February, 1723.] 

Thomas Drew, of Dodington, made John Hussey, of 

Mamhull, executor of his will, and names his sister Drew, 

wife Frances, and ker sister Gibbons : also " the son and da. 

of my half-sister Mary Ford. [February, 1729 — ist October, 1731,] 
His first-named sister Frances Drew, spinster, of " Oakebole," 
lived at Chaddesley-Corbet : her will, dated ist February, 1724, 
was proved 22nd September, 1725: Giles Hussey was her god- 


son, and Martha, the wife of Bernard Adys, was present at her 
death. She also bequeathed ** £40 to the Lanes of Winchester, 
if any of them are left ; if not, to be given there to have them 
prayed for ". 

Nicholas Stapleton, of Carlton, co. York, nephew and 
heir of Sir Miles S., names his wife Mary, sons Nicholas, 
Gregory, John, and Thomas S., and his uncles George and 
Charles Errington, two witnesses to his will being Christopher 
Lodge and John Reynolds, [gth July, 1715 — 4th January, 1717.] 

John Clavering, of Callaly, in his will dated 25th January, 
1723, witnessed by Dorothy and John Hankin and John Maire, 
and proved 30th July, 175 1, names his late father Ralph, da. 
Mary, and son Ralph sole executor. 

The Hon. Eliz. Widdrington, ** of St. Andrew's, Holborn, 
widow, desires to be buried near her da. Mary, who lies in the. 
Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, and names her nieces 
Elizabeth, Bridget, and Ann Molyneux ; " Mary, the da. of my 
sister Anne Widdrington, of Cheeseburn Grange " ; son Edward 
H. Widdrington, and his da. Eliz.-Margaret, and her sister 
Dame Frances O'Neil. [6th June, 1730 — 26th January, 1731.] 

"Catherine Radcliffe, formerly of Dillingston, co. 
Northumberland, spinster," by will dated 20th April, 1729, 
proved loth July, 1744, left all her estate to Sir John Webb, 
of Hatherop, co. Gloucester. 

George Errington, " of the p. of St. Andrew, Holborn '\ 
Admon. of his estate was granted, 28th June, 1725, to his da. 
Frances E., spinster, his widow Everilde E. having first re- 
nounced : the latter, dating her will also in the same parish, 8th 
July, 1726 (proved 12th September, 1727), desires burial at St. 
Pancras by her husband and da., and speaks of her " cousins 
Eliz. Fenwick and Frances Errington, who now live with me ". 

Their da. Frances E., of St. Andrew's, Holborn, in her will 
of 15th December, 1725, proved 5th April, 1726, names her 

cousin John, son of Gilbert E., of , Northumberland, and 

grandson of Benjamin E., late of Berwick-hill, She speaks of 
her " father's law books," and desires burial at St. Pancras. 




Michael Blount, of Maple-Durham, in his will dated 28th 
November, 1730, and proved 2znd April, 1740, by Michael, his 
son, his widow Mary renouncing execution, names his brother- 
in-law George-Brounlow Doughty, cousins Sir John and Matthew 
Swinburne, and sisters Teresa and Martha, leaving also "/300 
among poor Roman Catholics " ; either of his das. Mary or 
Frances entering Religion to have £'500 in lieu of ;^2000 other- 
wise their portion, and any son " becoming a professed priest of 
any Religious Order " to have ;£"500 instead of ^1000. 

Thomas Stonor, of Stonor, desires burial among his an- 
cestors at Stonor, and names his brother John Talbot Stonor, 
das. Winifred Howard, Anne, Elizabeth, and Penelope, and 
sons Thomas (eldest), Charles, John, and Christopher, " any 
of whom entering a Religious Order under 21 years of age 
to have only ;£'5oo." [14th January, 1723 — 13th August, 1724.] 

Admon. of the estate of John Trinder, of Westwell, co. 
Oxon, a brother of Charles T., was granted, 3rd September, 
1719, to Anne, his widow. 

Mary Hyde, of Stanlake, widow, names her sons Richard 
(eldest) and Charles, and her da. Anne, as also her nephew 
Francis Risdon, of the p. of St. Ann, in St. Martin's-le-Grand. 
Of her sons she says: " I beg of Richard for my sake to be kind 
to his brother Charles ". [25th March, 1732 — 6th July, 1733.] 

Robert Kilby, of Souldem, names his wife Ann, nephews 
Gabriel and Samuel Cox, and three nieces Helena Blevin, 
Eliz., wife of Rev. Walter Saunders, and Alicia Cox, spinster. 
[30th June, 1746— 25th June, 1757.] 

Sir Francis Cuh^on, of Great Milton, names his wife 
Winifred, brother Peter, nephew John Brinkhurst, and nieces 
Lady Gaydon, Catherine Brinkhurst, and Mary Barnwell. [8th 
August, 1749 — 2nd August, 1750.] 

James Fermor, of Tusmore, mentions his son Henry and 
uncle Richard F., and leaves " £5 only to any of his five 
younger children who turn Religious". [25th August, 1721 — 
19th December, 1722.] 


Henry Fermor, of Tusmore, desires burial at Somerton, co. 
Oxon ; names his eldest son William and brother James ; " any 
younger child turning Religious between the ages of 21 and 30 
to have only 3^500, but any doing so after 30 years of age to have 
her full share, viz., £2000 ". [8th March, 1743 — 5th March, 


Charles Greenwood, of Brize-Norton, in his will made, 
" In the Name of the Holy and undivided Trinity," ist August, 
1721, and proved 6th March, 1722, names his wife Ann, only 
da. of Francis Canning, of Foxcote (the marriage settlement 
bearing date 27th January, 17 18) ; cousins Charles Bodenham, 
Thomas Greenwood, of Chastleton, co. Oxon, and John Dan- 
castle, oi Binfield, and appoints his father-in-law and his 
brother John Russell, of Little Malvern, guardians of his da. 
Mary G. 


James Baskerville, of Aberedow. Admon. of his estate was 
granted, gth June, 1733, to his widow Mary, 


Mary Purcell, of London, spinster, in her will of 4th 
January, 1731, proved i8th January, 1739, by her sister 
Catherine Penson, whose husband Thomas was then dead, 
names her sister Winifred and nephew James, eldest son of 
her brother John Purcell, doctor of physic ; alludes to a share 
of a coal mine, lately the property of her dec. brother Thomas, 
about which there was some dispute. The estate being left 
unadministered by Catherine Penson, further admon. was 
granted, gth June, 1752, to Winifred Purcell. 

Thomas Penson, of Gray's Inn, names his wife Catherine, 
sons John and Joseph, and da. Mary P., a further admon. being 
granted ist December, 1740, to Joseph P., one of the surviving 
resid. legatees, Cath., the widow, then being dec. intestate. 
[8th June, 1736— 13th July, 1737.] 



Francis Smith, of Aston, in his will dated loth April, 1700, 
and proved 30th April, 1701, names his wife Audrey {a da,, says 
the Lawson MS., of Robert Atwood, of Bushbury, co. Stafford), 
son William, and five das., Elizabeth, Juliana, Mary, Anne, and 
Audrey: a further admon. was granted, 19th May, 1720, to 
Anne his da,, the widow Audrey then being dead. 

The will of Elizabeth Ireland {widow of Thomas I.), 
dated " i6th September, 1718, O.S., in New North Street, near 
Red Lyon Square, in p. of St. Andrew, Holbom," was proved 
30th December, 1718. To her son Thomas she bequeaths " all 
the goods she left at Abrighton, with legacies to her da. EIlz. 
(whose will, dated 19th November, 1717, was proved 25th 
November, 1730), her grandson Thomas Ireland, and her three 
brothers, Raphe, Edward, and Thomas Clayton. 

" Nathaniel Bostock, of Whixall, in p. of Preece, co. 
Salop, doctor in physic," names his wife Eliz., daughters Eliz. 
Lowe, — — - Eyre, Mary, Catherine, and Alathea, with their 
grandfather Stafford, and their aunt Lenoxe : his eldest son 
Richard (executor), and other sons, John, Henry, James, and 
Nathaniel B. [28th December, 1714 — ist October, 1719.] 

Winifred Purcell, of the p. of St. George the Martyr, 
Queen Square, spinster, writes : " As I am a Christian I hope 
for salvation through the merits of my Saviour". "To her 
niece Mrs. Maria Teresa Cotton she leaves her " green 
damasked gown and unwatered tabby"; her clothes to her 
brother Edward's da., of Broseley, co. Salop, naming also 
his two sons Edward and Thomas P., and her friend Mary, 
widow of the late William Lacy, and Frances Lacy their da. 
[21st November, 1758 — 21st November, 1760.] 

Thomas Berington, of the p. of St. George the Martyr, 
Queen Square, London, in his will of 31st October, 1755, proved 
29th December, 1755, names his three nephews, Dr. William 
B., Dr. Joseph B., and Thomas Berington, of Stock, the latter 

being executor ; his sister Clough, four nieces, 

Berington, Frances Auben; and her two sisters, "my nieces," 
Eliz. and Ann Clough, adding: I leave "to my niece Philippa, 

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now Lady Fleetwood, five guineas and my spring clock that 
strikes the quarters **. 
Thomas Purcell, of the Hay, in p. of Madeley. Admon. 

of his estate was granted, 15th December, 1719, to his widow 

Richard Lacon, of Linley, by will of 15th January, 1750, 
proved 23rd January, 1752, desires to be buried near his wife, 
and names his brother Rowland (executor) and the children of 
his two brothers-in-law, Thomas Green (dec.) and Samuel 

The will of " Alethea Clifford, widow, of the town of 
Shrewsbury," dated 9th January, 1729-30, was proved 7th May, 
i737> by her grandson Richard Corbett, to whom she left all 
her estate. 


" I, William Plowden, being this 31st March, 1739, 
full 70 years of age and thro' God's uncommon mercy of sound 
judgment . . . though of fast declining health and sunk with 

heavy sorrows, God enable me to bear 'em Christianly . . . 

did intend to be buried in Plowden Bow in Lidbury Church 
with my ancient ancestors and close to my last dear wife Mary 
Stonor, or in the churchyard of St. Os\vald's Hospital at Wor- 
cester, but being bent upon complying with what I think will 
best please my present wife Mary Lyttleton, and seeing her 
determined to be buried by our two boys Edmund-Lyttleton P. 
and Charles P., I doe depart from and wave whatever moved 
me to the above intentions, and as a last proof that living I 
ever wished to please her, and dying will solely study to gain her 
heart. ... I order my body to be buried in Worcester Church, 
near my boys . . . this to be performed in a more than com- 
monly private manner, no pomp, no fflutter, no hearses, no 
coaches, no rings, no scarves, gloves, nor hat-bands, but instead 
thereof, 8 men to cany me to the grave and to have 5s. each, 
and after my corps, old Tom Blackmore — above 100 — if alive, 
to walk mourner and to have 20s., after him 70 men of sixty, each 
(if so it may be) to attend unto my grave and to have 5s. each : 
my coffin to be of mahogany plank without covering of velvet 


or cloath, strong brass hasps and hinges but no pall nor es- 
cutcheons, a Brass plain crosse on the top of the coffin, under 
which these three letters, R.I. P., with my day of death : a large 
black marble to be layd over my body with ' William Plowden 
dyed— aged — R.I.P.'. On the church wall as near the grave 
as may be I will have a large white marble stone (plain mould) 
with a black marble cross over it, deep cut: on this white stone 
I will have these words, ' Here underlyes William Plowden 
honourably and very anciently descended, born 31st March, 
1669, dyed — — ' : next under, I will have these words, ' Pro 
fide, pro rege, mala patienter sustintii, bona instanter speravi 
dum fui vix fui nunc sum Resurecturo, satis sed ut Bene sim 
pie lector precare Christum Deum quia ego credidi in ejus 
unam Sanctam Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam, scilicet 
Romanam. R.I. P.' 

" All this I order if I dye at Worcester, wherever else I dye 
I will be buried in the parish church . . . and give £5 to the 
poor. ... I give to my daughters Penelope Whitworth and 
Frances Slaney, to each of them the two following books, viz., 
The difference between the Conversion and Reformation of England, 
and that other book called Charity and Truth, beseeching them 
by the Blood of Jesus to read 'em again and again without pre- 
judice : their dying father entreats this of them. ... All my 
manors are regularly settled and will take their course, but as 
God has blessed me with a personal estate of some value, I 
dispose of it . . . with strict regard to justice and tenderness, 
and quite free from partiality or resentment ... to my wife 
^100 . . . and whatever she calls her own (her word to be 
taken for it). I give her absolutely my coach or chariot, best 
pair of coach horses and best harness ... as to stores, pro- 
visions, wines and all consumables she may take what she 
pleases for her own and her family's use. I give 20H. to be 
distributed as my executor and my eldest son know I would 
have it disposed of if I were under no restraint and might be- 
queath as fully as others may. To my eldest son I bequeath 
all pictures except that drawn of me in a turban, which is my 

wife's given her by my sister Goring, also all medals, coins 

and prints, and also half of whatever belongs to the Room 
where I and my family go to say our prayers ... to my eldest 

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son my leopard-skin saddle trimmed with gold fringe and the 
pistols belonging to it ... to my faithful old servant William 
Thompson £20 with the horse ... he usually rides when he 
travels with me ... to Mrs. Mary Wakeman, long since 
married to Mr. Van Rose, a lawyer in French Flanders, 3^15, 
or to him if alive, if both dead look no further ... 3 guineas 
to the Earl Mareschall of Scotland ... 3 guineas to the poor 
of Holywell ... 2 guineas to parson Thomas Maurice for 
a ring." His executor was his younger son John Trevanion 
Plowden, the will being proved 22nd April, 1740. 

There is a tradition in the family that William Plowden's 
first wife, together with her newly-born infant, were poisoned by 
the attendant doctor ; this, if a fact, together with the apparent 
apostasy of his daughters, and the inferences suggested by the 
foregoing quaint document, that the domestic reins were held 
pretty tightly by the fair hand of the third lady, probably con- 
tributed largely to the memory of ** sorrows " when he passed 
his 70th birthday in settling his affairs. The books that he 
was So anxious for his daughters to read were Robert Man- 
ning's England's Conversion and Reformation compared, an 8vo 
volume published at Antwerp in 1725, and that of the Rev. 
Edward Hawarden (a missionary priest who died in London in 
^735) > entitled Charity and Truth, or Catholics not uncharitable in 
saying that none are saved out of the Catholic Communion. 

William Hassall, of Berrington, in his will of 17th April, 

1739, proved by his son and executor Thomas, 21st October, 

1740, names his da. Anne, the wife of Arthur Lowe, and their 
children, William, Arthur, and Thomas Lowe, and Anne, Mary, 
Frances, Appollonia, Elizabeth, and Margaret Lowe ; his da. 
Appollonia, wife of William King, and their children, William, 
Thomas, James, and Mary King ; da. Frances, wife of Richard 
Johnson ; grandda. Anne, the da. of Peter Hassall ; da. Mary 
Magdalen, the wife of John Hutten, as also the children of 
Thomas Hassall. 

Caleb Higgins, of Shiffnal, in his will dated i8th March, 
1726, proved 29th November, 1728, names his "late wife 
Mary " and his da. Mary. 

Vest- 1 


Henrv, Earl of Stafford, desires to be buried at West' 
minster Abbey, and mentions his brother Francis S., and sisters 
the Ladies Ursula, Mary, and Anastatia, with his nephew and 
niece WilHam and Mary, the children of his brother John 
Stafford, Among the legacies are : " To my cousin the Hon. 
Charles Howard, of Greystoke, my carpet wrought in silk by 
our great -grand mother of blessed memory . , . [Anne] da. of 
Lord Dacre, and wife of Philip, Earl of Arundel and Surrey," 
and "to cousin Lady EHz, Haccher, a hanging of green velvet 
wrought by the hand of Mary Queen of Scots ". Of his wife he 

says: " I give to the worst of women, except being a wh e, 

who is guilty of all ills, the da. of Mr. Grammont, a French- 
man, whom I have unfortunately married, 45 brass half-pence 
which will buy her a pullet to her supper, a greater sum than 
her father can often make, for I have known when he had 
neither money nor credit for such a purchase, being the worst 
of men, and his wife the worst of women in all debaucheries : 
had I known their character, I had never married their 
daughter, nor made myself unhappy ". [2nd Feb., 1699 — 2nd 
July, 1719.] 

Claude-Chaslotte de Grammont, Lady Stafford, by 
will, "signed in London," 13th May, 1739, and proved i6th 
May, 1739, left all her estate to the Rt. Hon. Charles Earl of 


John Taunton, of West Lydford, names his das. Grace 
(then married), Mary, Anne, Jane, and Henrietta, and his sons 
Joseph, Thomas, and John, the last-named also having a 
son John. [2nd May, 1718 — ryth October, 1718.] 

Dr. Oliver, in his Western Coimty Collections, p. 6g, gives the 
name of Thomas Taunton as his authority for the narrative of 
the death-bed scene of Lord Waldegrave as noticed in Eng. 
Catk. Nonj., p. 64, Might not the words then attributed to 
Lord W. admit of a hopeful interpretation and be taken as a 
public confession of his faith, to which in his last moments he 
returned? "Quod si nosmetipsos dijudicaremus, non utique 
judicaremur." This Thomas Taunton appears to have been 3 


nephew of Grace and Anne T., named in the will here given, 
and from the latter he had " received the anecdote " in question. 
Of them, Oliver says : " Anne T. died in 1783, aged 87, and her 
sister Grace, the wife of Mr. Dillon, steward to Lord Walde- 
grave, died in 1760, aged 82 **. 

John Molins, of Hull within Horsington. Admon. of his 
estate was granted, gth May, 1743, to Mary, his widow. 

Francis Carne, of Bath, names his wife Anne and his 
** unfortunate son Edward," his sister Mary Guest and her 
two daughters. The trustees of his estate were John Stibbs, 
George Stibbs, doctor of physic, both of the city of Bath, and 
John Hussey, of Marnhull. On 26th June, 1750, a further 
admon. of the estate upon the death of the widow Anne was 
granted to her sister Eliz. Kibbell, widow. [11th January, 1719 
—31st October, 1721.] 

Thomas, Lord Stourton, in his will dated 19th April, 1738, 
and proved 2nd May, 1744, names his brothers Botolph and 
John, nephews James and William S., and his three nieces 

Catherine and Eliz. S., and Langdale. Oliver says that 

he was buried at Stourton,. ist April, 3;744, set. 77, his widow, 
by whom he left no issue, being buried there 19th June, 

"Margaret Green, of Willet, in the p. of Elworthy, 
spinster, only child now living, and heir-at-law of John Green, 
late of Easton, in the p. of Bishops-Morchard, co. Devon, 
gent, dec, who was the eldest son and heir of Gabriel Green 
(the eldest), late of Bishops-Morchard, aforesaid, gent, dec, 
who married Dorothy Easton, of Easton, spinster, only da. and 
heir of John Easton, Esq," divided her estate among her 
servant Edward Cann, husb., her sister Anne, the wife of John 
Smith, of Frome, and her executor John Rowe, of Leighland, 
with rings to her " very much respected and worthy friends," 
Rob. Rowe, Prudence his wife, and their children, [nth June, 
1737— 13th September, 1739.] If every testator took the will 
of Margaret Green as a model, genealogists would certainly be 
saved a vast amount of trouble and research. 


Gabriel Green, late of Netherbury, co. Dorset. Admon. 
of his estate was granted, i6th Octoberj 1718, to his widow- 

Humphrey Steare, of St. Andrew's, Holbom, gent., in will 
of 20th August, 1728, proved 2gth July, 1729, names his wife 
Anne, and his " wife's da. Philippa Bourne," da. Anne, the wife 
of Edward Monington, and his son Robert. His widow Anne, 
" of the city of Bath," in her will of i6th November, 1744, 
proved 17th June, 1745, names also her grandda. Anne 

Monington, her sisters Baskerviile and Gore, her 

niece Ann Goldney, lately married to James Wickstead, of 
Bath, and her husband's nephew Thomas Biggs, of Bridg- 

John Cottington names his brother Francis, " mother- 
in-law Mrs. Catherine Cottington," his uncle Charles For- 
tescue, with Eliz. his wife, and their children Francis and 
Mary F. ; cousins Charles Stourton, who had a da. Mary 
Langdale, and "Thomas Coleman, of London, scrivener". 
[r6th October, 1724 — ^rd February, 1725.] 

Samuel and John James, Dr. Oliver, in his CollecHons, p. 
183, gives an interesting account of this family. He says: "Mr. 
William James, of East Harptree, was a wealthy grazier and 
possessed considerable property in the parish and at Ninton 
Bluett : he had hired a drover in Salisbury Market, and sub- 
sequently noticing that he did not attend the parish church, 
but often engaged in his devotions in the out-buildings, was led 
by curiosity to examine his books. Their perusal induced him 
to ask questions, and he became so edified with the example of 
his faithful Catholic servant, and so satisfied with his explana- 
tions and instructions, that he was reconciled to the Church of 
God." This William James appears to have died " about 
1720," but in the subsequent notice of this family Samuel 
James is not mentioned. John James, a grandson of William, 
became a Franciscan. 

Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Rich, of Woodbridge, gives 23rd 
June, 1708, as the date of her marriage settlement. She left 
no issue, but in her will names her kinswoman Catherine 
Thompson. [2nd December, 1708 — 3rd Februarj', 1729.] 



Elizabeth Cattaway, of London, spinster, names her 
sisters Mrs. Alice and Margaret C. She held three messuages 
at Stoke-Charity for the life of Frances Fox, widow. [7th May, 
1727 — 3rd June, 1727.] 

Stubbington. "1749; die nono Decembris obiit Joannes 
Stubbington de Midhurst anno setatis suae 59 ". " 1753, die 
vigesimo quarto Julii obiit Anna Stubbington." [Easebourne 
Catholic Register,'] 

Augustine Fisher, of Kilmeston, left "Holt Coppice," 
&c., to his wife Mary for life, passing at her death to the eldest 
son of his brother Charles F. [25th September, 1702 — 6th 
August, 1728.] 

Richard Clapcoate, of Sopley, names his son Richard, 
das. Mary Allaway, Eliz. Lane, Winifred, Margaret, Dorothy 
C, "and other five children," with a grandda.: gives 5s. to 
Joseph Gildon. [3rd January, 1723 — 31st January, 1729.] 

Frances, widow of Barthol. Smith, of Winchester, names 
her das. Eliz., Frances, Isabella, and Anastatia, the latter to 
have a gold cross that belonged to her (testatrix) brother James 
Smith, also brother William Short, aunt Margaret Short, and 
her godson and cousin Francis Short, of Bury St. Edmunds. 
[i8th April, 1724 — 2nd October, 1729.] 

Jane Desbrowe, da. of Samuel and Jane D., of the p. of 
St. Bartholomew, Hyde Street, Winchester, desires burial by 
her parents at St. Janies', and to be carried to the grave by six 
poor men who are to have 2s. 6d. each ; leaves her house, &c., 
to Mary, da. of George and Eliz. Hine, of Kingslar [sic, 
probably Kingsclere]. [i8th November, 1762 — 28th January, 

Ambrose Plowman, of Weeks, names his wife Elizabeth, 
son Ambrose P., grandson William King, and five daughters, 
Mary (eldest), Clare, Barbara, Anne, and Joanna. [19th 
February, 1724 — ist April, 1728.] 


George Bolney, leaves his "new freehold messuage at 
Winchester *' to Ehzabeth his wife, and names his brother 
James. [5th June, 1726 — 3rd June, 1736.] 

John Wybarne, "senior, late of Hawkesworth, in p. of 
Pembury, otherwise called Peppingsbury, co. Kent". Admon. 
of his estate was granted, in February, 1720, to his son John 
(the widow Laetitia renouncing), upon whose death a further 
admon. was granted, loth December, 1752, to Henry W., the 
second son. 

Lettis Wybarne describes herself as " of the city of Nor- 
wich, widow of John W., late of Hockwell, co. Kent," her will 
dated 5th March, 1737, with a codicil 38th June, being proved 
2oth October, 1737. She speaks of her freehold manor of Flixton, 
CO. Suffolk, and names her sons John and Henry, das. Charity 
and Elizabeth, and her brother George Tasburgh ; and leaves 
" £50 to be distributed among the priests in the counties of 
Suffolk and Norfolk". 

Bartholomew Smith, of Winchester, allows his "mother 
Frances to spend ;f 1000, any surplus of it to pass at her death 
to her seven youngest children " ; names his brothers William, 
James, and Thomas, sisters Anastatia, Elizabeth, Frances, and 
Isabella, and his aunt Margaret Short, [8th February, 1716— 
24th February, 1720.] 

Rebecca Edwards, of Longham, by will of I3th February, 
1719, proved 28th February, 1722, left "the whole disposal of 
all her lands and goods within doors and without to her servant 
Mary Michel ... no other person having the least right to 
anything, let her enjoy peaceably and quietly without any 
disturbance all my lands ". One witness is John Kippen. 

John, Lord Dormer, in his will dated 4th November, 1782, 
when "old and infirm," and proved loth November, 1785, 
names his sons Charles (eldest), James, John, and Thomas, da. 
Catherine, and grandson Charles. 

Richard Bruninp,, of Winchester. The vrill of his half- 
brother Charles B., of Petersfield, gent., was proved 2nd June, 


1724 : he names his brother George B., of Froxfield, who had 
a da. Eliz., his sister Anne Colstock, and niece Anne, the wife 
of William de la Rose. 

John Fincham, of Chalvestone, desires burial at Roxton 
Church, and names his wife Ann, " infant son " John, and his 

two sisters Novills and Elizabeth Fincham. [4th May, 

1712 — 20th January, 1727.] 


William, Lord Stafford, in his will, proved in February,. 
1734, name^ his only son William Matthias Stafford Howard,, 
brothers John and Paul, sisters Mrs. Mary Plowden, Xaveria^ 
and Louisa; half-sister and brother Henrietta and Edward 
Stafford; nephew and niece Francis and Louisa Plowden; 
three das., Mary, Anastatia, and Anne ; nephew George 
Jemegan, and his uncles Sir Edward and Thomas Southcott. 

Basil Fitzherbert, of Gray's Inn, appoints his sister 
Winifred, widow of Charles Eyston, executrix of his will, dated 
30th December, 1727, and proved 23rd January, 1728, and 
names his mother Jane and great-nephew Basil, son of his 
nephew Thomas Fitzherbert. 

Anne, widow of Thomas Hickin, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, 
goldsmith, names her three das. — Anne (who is in Cosin*s 

List), Mary (dec), the wife of Joseph Petre, and , wife 

of Major Morey. [20th March, 1725 — 21st January, 1727.] 

Anne Purcell, of the p. of St. George the Martyr, spinster. 
Admon. of her estate was granted, gth November, 1751, to 
Catherine, wife of John Byfield, niece by the sister of the 

" John Purcell, of the Hay, in p. of Madeley, co. Salop, 
and Doctor in Physic of College of Physicians in London," in 
his will dated 3rd April, 1729, proved 20th November, 1732,. 
writes : " My will and desire is that the penal statutes be never 
taken against my mother [Catherine], or any of my brothers 
and sisters except my brother-in-law Thomas Penson, to 
deprive them of the annuities left them by my father's will. 


but if they sue for more than such annuities, or for a receiver 
on my estates, or for any distribution of my estates, my express 
will is that those penal statutes be then taken against them 
which hinder Roman Catholics from taking interest in lands, 
and the rather because several of them have unfairly obstructed 
the probate of my brother Thomas Purcell's will , . , my will 
is that my brother-in-law, Thomas Penson, pay double taxes to 
the utmost extent for his annuities ". 

From all this it may be inferred that John Purcell had 
renounced his religion in order to secure his estates; and it is 
significant, moreover, that his name does not occur among the 
number of the Purcell family who "registered their names 
and real estates". 

Makmaduke, Lord Langdale, names bis son Hon. Marma- 
duke L. and da. Hon. Eliz. L., da.-in-Iaw Hon. Constantia L., 
godson Marmaduke, the son of Thomas Langdale, of Holbom 
Bridge, and his two grandsons Thomas and Peter, sons of Sir 
Walter Vavasour. [8th February, 1765 — nth February, 1771.] 

John Biddulph, of Biddulph, names his sons Richard (eldest) 
and Charles, and das. Mary (eldest), Anne, and Frances, the 
trustees being bis brother Francis and his uncle Sir William 
Goring, bart. [14th April, 1720 — 14th July, 1720.] 

Francis Biddulph, of Gray's Inn, in his will of 14th 
December, 1744, proved 13th February, 1750, names his sister 
Lady Dormer and nephew Francis Dormer, leaving to his 
nephew Charles Biddulph his guns, alarum clock, silver watch, 
siiver-hilted sword, and gold sleeve buttons, naming his nephew 
Ric, B. resid. legatee. 

Thomas Whitgreave, of Moseley, in his will dated 8th 
September, 1728, proved 6th February, 1729, by his eldest da. 
Mary-Constantia, names also his da. Mary, and his sons 
Charles and Francis, the witnesses to the will being John 
Lomax, Eliz. Merry, and Ann Moor. 

Helen Gower, of Colmers, co, Wigorn. Admon, of her 
estate was granted, 12th August, 1718, to her son John, her 
husband William first renouncing. 


Sir Edward Simeon, of Britwell Priory, near Watlington, 
desires burial at Aston, co. Stafford, and names Edward and 
Thomas, elder and younger sons of his nephew Edward Weld, 
niece Eliz. Bridgit Weld, and the following of the Heveningham 
family: John H., James, son of Walter H.; Brooke H., Mrs. 
Mary Remington and her sister Mrs. Mary Heveningham ; 
Christopher H., senior of Twyneforth, co. Stafford, dead since 
1736 ; Henry, son of Christopher H.; Edward and John, sons of 
the said Henry by his first wife; and James, Charles, and 
Thomas, sons of Henry by his second wife Mary. [15th June, 
1764 — 28th January, 1769.] 

Mary Giffard (widow of Thomas G.), " of Long Birch, co. 
Stafford," desires that "housekeeping be kept at her house 
at Long Birch for one whole month after her decease, to the 
end that her servants may have time to dispose of and provide 
for themselves," and names her cousins William Stourton, of 
Cheam, co. Surrey, and Benedict Conquest, of Irnham. [i8th 
December, 1749 — 13th March, 1753.] 

Admon. of the estate of William Fowler, late of St. 
Thomas', co. Stafford, widower, was granted, ist December, 
1729, to Thomas Grove, nephew by the sister of William F., 
for that Mary, wife of John Fowler, niece by the sister of said 
dec, died without fully administering. A prior admon. is 
dated March, 1716. 

Walter Fowler, of St. Thomas', by will of 6th February, 
1695-6, proved 28th May, 1697, left to his brother William " a 
gold medal of Pope Clement X. given him with his own hands," 
and names his sisters Gertrude F., Dorothy Grove, and her 
children Thomas, Gertrude, and Mary Grove ; sister " Catherine 
F., mistress of St. Thomas, brother William's wife," his brother 
Thomas, " niece Casy in France," cousin Gilbert Whitehall, and 
kinsman Thomas Canning. 

Lady Mary Gerard writes : " My body is to lye in the bed 
wherein I dye the space of twenty-four hours after I shall 
expire before it be removed, or anything taken from about it, 
or the pillows removed from under my head, afterwards put 
into a leaden coffin for eight days and kept open as long as 


may be without offence". Besides many of her own (the 
Webb) family, she names her niece Viscountess Montague; 
"little nephews and little nieces," the Earl of Derwentwater, 
Lady Ann Radcliffe, the Hon. James Philip, and Henrietta 
Waldegrave ; cousin Charles Ireland, and " my worthy good 
nephew " Lord Langdale. [13th June, 1729 — 29th October, 


Henry Bedingfield, of Stoke-Ash, desires to be interred in 
p. church of Denham, leaves his library to his three brothers- 
in-law Thomas, William, and John Havers ; names his wife 
Mary and daughters, any of whom entering a Religious Order 
before 25 years of age is cut off from her portion. [13th 
August, 1730 ; codicil 14th August 1737 — 22nd February, 1739.] 

Sir William Gage, by will dated 2nd May, 1715, and proved 
23rd June, 1727, left all his estate to his wife. 

Thomas Mannock, of Bromley Hall, desires burial at 
"Stooke Church," leaves to his wife Mary for life two estates 
as per settlement, viz., Martell's Hail and Manor and Bromley 
Hall: names his nephew Peter Lynch, [ist May, 1722 — 21st 
May, 1722.] 

John TouRNEK, of Midhurst, co. Sussex, M.D., "old and 
advanced in years," desires to be buried by his late wife and 
children at Easebourne, and names his sons William (dec), 
John, and Thomas ; das. Mary Bryant and Eliz. Laurance ; 
and grandchildren Richard and Ann Heath. [13th June, 
1744— 14th August, 1744.] 

John Gage, of Harleston, left his estate to Sir William 
Gage, of Hengrave, for life, to pass next to Thomas, grandson of 
Sir William and one of the three sons of Thomas G., of Hengrave : 
names John, son of Sir Will. G. ; kinsmen Francis G., Edward 
G., of Whittlebury, co. Northton, who had a son George; also 
George and Henry, kinsmen and sons of the late Sir Edward 
G., and their three sisters Penelope Sulyard, Mrs. Mary Bond, 
and Mrs. Basilia Gage; EUz., da, of Penelope Sulyard: his 


executrix was his kinswoman Eliz. Gage, the "da. of the late 
Lady Tresham". [15th June, 1718 — 28th March, 1723.] 

DELARlvlfeEE Gage, of Bury St. Edmunds, names her son 
Sir William Gage, eldest dec. son Sir Thomas ; sister Mary, 
late wife of Francis Tasburgh ; sister Henrietta, late wife of 
Thomas Havers, of Thelton ; and nephew Richard, "now in 
Portugal," son of Richard Elwes by her sister Merelina. [28th 
March, 1744 — 7th November, 1746.] 

Henry Jermyn Bond, of ditto, names his wife Jane, and 
two sons James and Henry. [5th November, 1733 — 26th 
March, 1748.] 

Sir F. Mannock, in his will of 17th October, 1755, names 
his sons William (married to Teresa Wright), Francis, Thomas, 
and George, and three das. Ethildred, Mary, and Ann, Admon. 
was granted, 1st December, 1758, to his son Sir William, his 
widow Frances renouncing execution. Her will, dated 13th 
November, 1758, was proved 30th May, 1761, all her estate 
going to her son Francis Mannock, 1 

John Tasburgh, of Flixton. His will, dated ist November, 
1698, was proved by his \vidow Frances, 19th September, 1719. 
In her will of 27th June, 1724, proved the following 20th July, 
she says : " I desire burial at Holt about midnight, my heart to 
be sent over to Bordeaux in France, and deposited in the same 
chapel there where my son John lies interred (over whose body 
is a white marble stone), and a black marble stone set up over it. 
She names her aunt Mrs. Catherine Matthews; sisters Dame 
Margaret Conyers and Mary Migliorucci : her friend Frances, 
the wife of William Woolfe, of p. of St. Geo. the Martyr, 
CO. Middx., is to educate and be guardian to " Margaret Frances, 
da. of my da. Margaret Tasburgh, dec. Others named are her 
father Henry and uncle Thomas Nevill, aunt Dame Frances 
Wintour, niece Harriet Conyers, cousin Percy Markham, and 

kinswoman Napier. Her daughter Margaret Tasburgh 

describes herself in her will of 25th November, 1720 (proved 
12th July, 1721), as " now residing in Dublin and only surviving 
da. of John T., of Flixton ". 



Edward Sdlyard, of Haughley Park, desiring burial at 
Wetherden, names his wife EHz., sister Eliz. Dunne, brothers 
Ralph, Phihp, and Wilham, and his two nephews, the sons of 
last-named, Edward and Francis S. [2nd August, 1733 — 22nd 
January, 1745.] 

Catherine Martin, of Melford; by will of i6th February, 
1724, with codicil of 13th March, 1727, proved 15th December, 
1727, left her estate to her brother John Martin and to George 
Yate, who, with his da. Lady Mannock, of Giffords Hall, were 
joint executors, 

John Tyldesley, now of Bury St. Edmunds, co. Suffolk, 
gent, names his wife Jane, two das. Frances T. and Bridget 
Hanne, and grandda. Bridget Hanne. [8th February, 1734 — 
ist April, 1735.J 

John Stafford, of Bury, names his da. Anne, wife of Dr. 
Nathaniel Bostock, and their da. Anne, wife of Vincent Eyre ; 
da. Tyldesley, and grandson John Bostock. [gth April, 171Z — 
3rd May, 1717.] 


HoNORA Browne, of Easeboume, widow of Stanislaus B., 
left ^5 to each of her four das. that should be living at her 
death, and names her sons Francis and Mark, the latter to have 
her property in Spain, he being also resid. legatee and executor. 
[19th September, 1721 — 30th December, 1724.] 

Thomas Stubbinoton. " 1755, Die decimo Decembris obiit 
Elizabetha Stubbington anno setatis sufe 64." [Easeboume and 
Cowdray Catholic Register.] 

Edmund Lewkenor, of Easebourne, by will of ist November, 
1730, proved 27th September, 1731, left his estate to his brother 

Anthony, and a guinea to Ann Fitzheory, da. of his sister 


John Heath. " Die tertio Novembris, 1749, obiit Anna 
Heath anno jetatis suas 61." 

" Die decimo nono 1756 [sic] obiit Johannes Heath anno 
ffitatis suae 61." [Easebourne Catholic Register.] 



Francis Croucher. " 1745, Die 24th JuHi obiit Franciscus 
Croucher, de oppido Midhurst postquam in infirmitate confessus, 
sanctissimo viatico refectus, et sacri olei unctione roboratus 

Also in the same year is the following entry : " Franciscus 
Croucher obiit die decimo Decembris anno aetatis suae 83". 
[Easeboume Catholic Register.] 

Ralph Croucher. " Die nono Julii, 1747, obiit Rudolphus 
Croucher, de Midhurst, anno aetatis suae 59 ". 

" Die quinto Decembris, 1749, obiit Rudolphus Croucher, de 
Midhurst, anno aetatis suae 77." [Easebourne Cath, Reg.} 

Sir William Gage, of West Firle. His will, dated 13th 
July, 1737, with codicil of 20th January, 1739, was proved loth 
May, 1744. 

John Tourner. The Easebourne Cath. Reg. has " vigesimo 
septimo Februarii, 1752, obiit Joannes Tourner, de Easeboume, 
anno aetatis suae 81 ". Admon. of the estate of John Tourner of 
Easeboume, widower, was granted, 14th March, 1752, to his 
son John T. 

Anthony Lewkenor, of Wotton, by will of i8th December, 
1734, proved 23rd May, 1737, left his estate to Anne Lloyd and 
her heirs, and names his brother Robert Malbon, dec, and 
cousin Richard Goble. This Robert Malbon, of Easebourne, 
by will of 2ist August, 1733, proved 19th January, 1734, left 
his estate to his br.-in-law Ant. Lewkenor. 

Nicholas Tourner, sen., of Midhurst, names his wife Anne, 
son John, and da. Martha Taylor. [4th June, 1722 ; with codicil 
3rd June, 1725 — 5th March, 1729.] 

Anthony Kemp, of Slindon. Admon, of his estate was 
granted, 30th July, 1753, to his da. the Hon. Barbara Radcliffe, 
wife of the Hon. James Bartholomew Radcliffe, commonly 
called Lord Kinnaird, his widow the Hon. Jane Kemp re- 

Francis Robotham, of the p. of St. Andrew, Holborn, 
gent, names his wife Sarah and da. Sarah, the wife of John 


Leeremans, with their son James L. [30th July, 1737 — 12th 
December, 1737.] 

James Avelin, of Storrington, names his wife Anne, da. 
Elizabeth, the wife of John Ellis, with their sons John and 
Thomas Ellis ; also his grandda. Eliz. Smith, [nth January, 
1721 — 14th June, 1726.] 

Sir William Goring, of Burton, desires burial at Burton, 
and names, besides his wife, Richard and Charles, eldest and 
second sons of his nephew John Biddulph ; Francis, the brother 
of his nephew John Biddulph ; and his " little niece Mary, eldest 
da. of the said John B. and Mary B. his wife"; also a cousin 
Cotton Plowden. [22nd January ; codicil 22nd February, 1723 ; 
proved 17th March, 1724.] His widow. Dame Dorothy Goring, 
by will dated 2nd July, 1739, and proved 8th June, 1737, desires 
"to be buried in the church of the English Sepulchrines at 
Li%e, all her English servants to have their charges borne to 
London". She names her brother William Plowden, nephew 
John Trevanion Plowden, nieces Mary and Anne Plowden, 
and her "little niece Mary Biddulph," her nephew Francis 
Biddulph being executor. 

Sir George Maxwell, of Cowdray, left the residue of his 
estate to his executor Mungo, eldest son of Robert Maxwell, of 

Gelston, in the Stuartine of Kirkcudbright, by Lindsey, his 

second wife. [20th July, 1715 — 14th June, 1720.] 

Philip Caryl, of North, "being aged" at date of his will, 
3ist April, 1733, proved 17th February, 1735-6, names his son 
Philip, gives ^100 to Lady Lucy Herbert at Bruges, and ,^60 
to Lady Bagnal at Gravelines, the resid. legatee being Mr, Matt, 
Farine, a tobacco merchant at Dunkirk. 

Richard Rowt. On a sheet of paper that has found its 
way to a curious collection of loose MSS., which, together with 
a folio volume, make up the Cowdray, Easebourne, and Midhurst 
Catholic Register, are the following Memoranda in the handwriting 
of Mary Rowt t 

"These are my family that is dead" \}igned\, "Mary Rowt". 

" Martha Taylor dyed 22nd July, 1726." 

" My great-grandfather, Nicholas Tourner, 8th May, 1731 


[? 1736]. Ann Heath, 7th October, 1727. Francis Touraer, 
13th January, 1734. My grandmother, Margaret Harris, 20th 
February, 1736. Ann Croucher, sister, 30th June, 1744. Aunt 
Elizabeth Harris, 4th June, 1747. Mary Luttrell, 13th December. 
My father, Richard Rowt, 8th February, 1748, anno aetatis suae 
73 : my mother, Anne Rowt, 14th April, 1760 : my brother, 
Richard Rowt, 6th February, 1738 : my brother, Peter Rowt, 
29th August, 1763 [? 1769]: my aunt, Martha Harris, i8th 
January, 1773." 

In the same handwriting also are the following : " Mr. 
Toumer of Easebome's family : Eliz. Toumer, 17th December, 
1726; Mary Toumer, i6th October, 1741; Catherine T., 6th 
June ; Elizabeth T., the mother, nth August, 1746 ; Nicholas 
T., William, and John, I don't know the date, and the father, 
John T. ; Thomas Toumer, the last that died, 23rd May, 1774 ; 
Mary Browne, Mr. Mark Browne's first wife, 7th January, 1741 ; 
Mr. Mark Browne dyed in February, I don't know the day, 
1755 ". But the register has in another part : 

" Die Septimo Februarii, 1755, obiit Marcus Browne ". 


John Weston, of Sutton Place, by will of 22nd November, 
1724, unsigned — ^but William Woolfe, of the p. of St. George the 
Martyr, deposes to his handwriting — desires burial in the chapel 
of the family at Guildford, and adds : " Whereas the miserable 
condition and sufferings of the poor Catholics of England is 
very deplorable, in consideration thereof I bequeath to the 
poorest and most needy of them 3^250, to be divided amongst 
500 poor, which is los. a-piece*'. He names his sister and 
brother Woolfe, nephew John Woolfe, aunt Mary Weston, 
sister Anne Weston, his da. Melior-Mary Weston being sole 
heir and executrix. The will was proved 17th March, 1730-1. 


Catherine Willoughby, widow, who held an estate at 
Kingsbury, was a da. of Thomas Cholmley of Bransby : she died 
in 1733. [Lawson MS.] 


Joseph Griffin, living at date of his will (ist July, 1728, 
proved 12 days later) in New North Street, In the p. of St. 
George the Martyr, co. Middx., leaves to his wife Mary his 
furniture there, with coach and chariot : he names his sisters 
Winifred and Teresa Griifin, mother-in-law Mrs. Flora Leverj-, 
uncle John Vaughan's four younger children, and the following 
cousins: "Cousin James Baskerville, son of Thomas Baskerville, 
dec, who was son and heir of my aunt Baskerville, dec. ; cousins 
Nicholas, James, and John, brothers of the said Thomas Basker- 
ville ; cousins Mary Whitaker, Anne Hinderson, Thomas 
Cornwall, George Cornwall, James Cornwall, of Watling Street; 
John Cornwall, of the Castle Tavern, Drury Lane; and the son 
and da. of the said John Cornwall by the first wife ; cousins 
John-Vaughan Sadler and Nathaniel Pigott : there are legacies 
also to Francis Prujean, of Ormond Street, and Anne P., his 

wife, and to , wife of Postern Stary, and to Robert Freeman 

of Henley-in-Arden. 

Humphrey Sparry, of Edgbaston, desires to be buried at 
Edgbaston, near Anne, his wife, and names his three sisters 
Magdalen Atmore, Eliz. Lea, and a sister married to William 
Spurrier, who had a son Thomas ; nieces Jane Ellis and Mary 
Thompson ; cousins Mary and John Sands, and Humphrey, son 
of another cousin James Sands. [5th January, 1725 — 17th 
March, 1725-6.] 

Laurence Petre, of Spernall, widower. Admon. of his 
estate was granted, i8th April, 1752, to his son George. 

Teresa Knottisford, of p. of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, co. 
Middx., desires burial at Studley, near her husband, and names 
her son Charles, three das. Catherine, Teresa, and Bridget, wife 
of Laurence Petre; sister Philadelphia Woolmer, three grand- 
sons Charles and John Knottisford and George Petre, and 
nephew John Fortescue. [4th June, 1720 — 22nd September, 

John Reeve, of Birmingham, gent., names his wife Anne, 
son Thomas, and da, Anne. [7th November, 1727 — 12th 
December, 1727.] 


Dame Anne Throckmorton desires burial at Coughton, 
"near her dear mother": leaves ^35 to "Mr. Bonaventura 
Giffard," and ^gs. to "Mr. Benjamin Petre": names her 
cousins John, Francis, Mary, and Catherine Hyde, of Hyde 
End, they being brothers and sisters : also Sir Thomas Manby 
and his two sons, Edward and Robert Manby : four grand- 
children : Sir Robert Throckmorton, who is to have a fine 
wrought book and gold enamelled cross : Anne Petre, Anne 
Widdrington, and William Wollascott, who is "to have one 
large silver candlestick that was generally used to light me 
up and down" : great -grandda. Mary Petre : three other grand- 
sons^ Thomas and Martin Wollascott and -■■ ■ Widdrington : 
a " beloved friend Charles Coffin," and servant William 
Hockley, and a diamond cross, watch, chain, and ;f200 to her 
grandda, Frances Wollascott, afterwards revoked by codicil, 
she " having since entered into Religion and become a 
professed nun ". [14th June, 1724; first cod. 15th February, 
1725; second cod. 24th September, 1727; proved gth August, 

Francis Canning, of Foxcote, in his will of loth July, 1732, 
with codicil 36th January, 1733, proved 12th March, 1733, 
names his father Richard, eldest son Francis, and youngest son 
Richard Canning, " da. Ann Greenwood, widow," and her 
infant children Charles and Mary Greenwood ; brother Richard 

C, sister Eliz. C-, his " brother and sister Elliot," and 

their nine children, his nephews and nieces, viz., Humphrey, 
Nathaniel, Edward, Richard, Anne, Winifrid, Apollonia, Mar- 
garet, and Frances Elliot; his nephew and niece Betham, 

and their son (his godson) Richard Betham ; aunt Mrs. 
Mary Audeley ; kinswoman Eli2. Conquest, cousins Mary, 
Charles, Constantia, and Hannah Busby, and John, the son 
of Hanpah Busby; cousins Richard Lacon, Nathaniel Pigott, 
and Rebecca Pigott, his wife, and grandda. Apollonia 
Canninj;: notices his "law-books," divides his library 
betweei his sons, and asks all legatees to be in harmony 
with each other. 

Edv 'aed Ferrers, of Baddesley Clinton, was married in 
1712, h: s wife Teresa dying in 1734. [Lawson MS.] 


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Eliz. Baldwin, of Brailes, widow, in her will dated 24th 
August, 1723, and proved 5th September, 1728, names her 
brother John Baughan, and her two das. Mary Baldwin and 
Eliz, the wife of Thomas Travor. Possibly she was the wife of 
Edward B. 

Francis Carington, Esq., of Wootton, co. Warwick, in 

his will of 31st January, 1748, codicil igth May, 1749, proved 
1st June, 1749, names his wife Mary, uncles Charles and 

William Smith, sister Wright, da. Marj--Teresa, four 

sisters-in-law Teresa, Martha, Eliz., and Ann Englefield ; two 
brothers-in-law Sir Henry and Charles Englefield, and his 
father-in-law Edward Webb, of Gray's Inn, and adds : I give 
" to Mrs. Bridget Pain £5 5s. to pray for me ... to the monks 
at Douay ^f 300 to say as many masses for me at our Lady's 
altar as their duty will allow of, and a high mass every year 
. . . ;f20 a year for the maintenance of a priest at Woottonj 
and for the poor 



Dame Winifred Strickland desires "to be buried by her 
husband at St. John's Chapel " ; names her son Thomas, 
grandsons Thomas and Gerard, brother Trentham, brother 

King and his wife, sisters Aston and Blood, 

and cousin Griffith ; also " Sister Bonaventuraj of the 

Third Order ". She adds : " My book-case and ) arrears 
of pension are to go to Mother Abbess, two parts forj masses 
for my soul, the other part to obtain the prayers | of the 
holy community". From this it would seem that upon 
her husband's death she entered a religious house. [28th 
February, 1725 — 30th March, 1726.] 


The Hon. Henry Arundell, the elder, now (ig^h May, 
1720) residing at Wardour, left by will of that datej proved 
2ist August, 1721, " to Mr. James Morgan, of Southampton 
Street, in London, ^100". 


WILTS. 73 

Francis Cottington, of Fonthill-Giffard. Admon. of his 
estate was granted, 19th December, 1728, to Dame Winifred 
Golding, widow and guardian of Francis Cottington, son of 
F. C, of West Wickham, co. Bucks, widower, until he attain 
the age of 21 years. 

His stepmother, ** Catherine Cottington, of the city of 
New Sarum, widow," appoints Mrs. Catherine Fielding " uni- 
versal legatee," her will, proved 7th January, 1740, being wit- 
nessed by Ursula and Sarah Fielding and Eliz. Stoddart. 

Gaynor Cruse, of Wootton-Bassett, widow, by will dated 
14th January, 1717, from " the p. of St. Nicholas, in the city of 
Worcester," and proved 5th December, 1718, bequeathed her 
house property, in the p. of All-hallows, in city of Hereford, to 
her nephew John Kelly, alias Lloyd. 

Charles Woolmer, of Fonthill-Giffard, names his wife 
Mary (executrix), brother Francis W., and sister Mary Berkeley. 
[30th May, 1716 — 23rd April, 1719.] 

Thomas Knipe, of Semley, in will of 24th August, 1719, 
proved 19th December, 1720, names his nephews George, 
Thomas, William, John, and Edward K., and nieces Eleanor, 
Mary, Catherine, and Anne. 

Henry, Lord Arundell, widower. Admon. of his estate 
was granted, 23rd June, 1726, to his son Henry Lord Arundell. 

George Knipe, of Semley, names his brothers John and 
Edward, four sisters Mary, Catherine (both in Paris), Eleanor, 
and Bridget, wife of John Mandeville, and godson George 
Mandeville. [6th September, 1734 — 17th February, 1735.] 

Thomas Champion, of Sutton-Mandeville. Admon. of his 
estate was granted in November, 1726, to his da. Anne, the 
wife of William Lewes. The will of his mother, Joan 
Champion, of Odstock, widow, dated 30th March, 1719, was 
proved 24th October, 1726. She names her son Thomas and 
his present wife Anne ; her second son William C, who had 
two sons William and Thomas ; her two grandsons Anthony, 
the son of her third son Anthony, dec, and Henry, son of 
her da. Mary, the wife of Henry Carew, of Muckleshall, in p. 


sires I 


of Holdenhurst ; and her grandda. Anne, " the wife of William 
Lewes, of Common Garden, in Russel Street, London, book- 
seller ". 


Thomas Grove, Esq., of the city of Worcester, " desires 
to be buried near the place where his wife designs to be 
buried"; names his two nieces (sisters) Mary Ann and Rachel 
Micham, and his da. Rebecca, wife of Richard Fitzgerald, and 
alludes to "his study of law-books". There are also the 
following bequests: "^5 to the gentleman that assists me at 
the time of my death . . . ;f5 to my friend the Rev. Dr. 
Edward Combe . . . and ^50 to my friends at Mr. Worth- 
ington's house, called the English House at Bornheim". [24th 
June, 1730 — 14th November, 1730.] 

Bridget Hornyold, of Blackmore Park, widow, names 
her sons John and Anthony H., das. Frances, wife of Edward 
Hanford, and their son Robert Hanford, and Bridget, wife of 
Christopher Atwood ; also sister Ursula Hornyold, and brothers 
Ralph H. and William Windsor. [27th March, 1721 — 13th 
March, 1722.] 

William Atwood, " late of the city of Worcester". 
Admon. of his estate was granted, and May, 1732, to his three 
principal creditors, his widow Sarah and da. Sarah having 
first renounced. 

Another William Atwood, of Powick, in co. Worcester, in 
his will dated ist May, 1740, and proved 17th June, 1740, 
names his das. Ursula and Mary, and his brother Thomas 
Atwood, "doctor of physic". 

William Acton, of Little Wolverton. His will was proved 
26th May, 1727 : he names his sons William (eldest), Vincent, 
Perkins-Richard, and das, Barbara and Ann. 

Anthony Hornyold, of Hanley Castle, names his wife 
Mary Magdalen, brother John, son Anthony, and father-in-law 
(executor) William Berington. [4th June, 1739 — 17th April, 


WiLLUM GowER, son of W. G., of Colmers, in his will of 
loth August, 1721, proved i6th March, 1726, names his mother 
Helen and cousin John Coyney. 

James Griffith, of Longford, by will left " everything to 
the poor except ^5 to his sister Anne," and adds; "No poor 
body to go away from my funeral without a penny loaf and 
drink ". [i6th January, 1734 — ■7th June, 1737.] 

Anne, widow of Rowland Bartlett, of Hillend, in her will 
of izth December, 1734, proved 13th February, 1742, describes 
herself as " of the city of Worcester," and besides those named 
in her husband's will, names her son Basil, da.-in-law Bridget, 
and godda. Anne Cassey. 

Judith Berkeley (widow of John B.), of the p. of St. 
George, Bloomsbcry, by will of 3rd December, 1746, proved 
ist January, 1752, left her estate chiefly to her servant and 
executrix Eliz. Pye, with " ^5 to Mr. John Smith (lodging with 
Mr. Harles, coachmaker in Holborn) ... or to the person who 
shall succeed to serve me in the capacity he doth, if he die in 
my life-time". [This was probably the Jesuit Father of that 
name who died in London, 4th August, 1754, aged 85. Foley, 
Collect., 718,] She gave a legacy also to " Ann Howell, living 
near Spetchley". John Maire and Will. Hodgson attested her 

Francis Woolmer, " of the city of Worcester, gent., aged 
and infirm," at the date of his will, i6th November, 1722, 
proved 19th June, 1723, names his da. Brace, the wife of 
Edward Hunt, and sister Mary Berkeley, of Spetchley, widow. 

Edward Sheldon, of Beoley, names his wife Elizabeth, 
eldest son William, and nine younger children — " Edward, 
Ralph, Harrj', Mary, Frances, Catherine, Anne, Barbara, and 
Elizabeth," any da. entering Religion to have only an annuity 
of ^10 : also his brothers Ralph, William, and Henry, kins- 
man Thomas Overbury, and two' goddas., viz., Catherine, da. 
of his cousin William Sheldon, of Winchester, and Frances, 
da. of Richard Bishop, of Brailes. [2nd May, 1736 — 23rd 
July, 1736.] 





William Minshull, by will dated from Aylesbury, 30th 
January, 1741-2, and proved 8th March, 1742-3, his wife 
Mary being executrix, and one trustee also being Frances, 
wife of John Temple Howse, of Bierton, left to his only son 
William all his books and medals, &c., with legacies "to the 
widow of Mr. Charles Howse, now of Buckingham, and to her 
das. Frances and Sarah H., as also to Francis Howse, of 
Aylesbury, surgeon, and to Ann Howse, of Bierton, spinster". 

He was son of Richard Minshull, by Anne, da. of Francis 
Finch, of Rushock, co. Worcester, his wife Mary being a da. 
of Philip Box, of Caversfield, co. Bucks [Lipscomb, Hist. 0/ 
Bucks, ii. 590] ; his sister-in-law Catherine, the widow of 
Richard Minshull, and da. of George Blount, by her will 
proved 20th March, 1740, desires "burial at St. Martin's- 
in-the-Fields, near Mr. Minshull and da.," and adds: "I give 
to the poor at each door of the chapel in Golden Square, 
one shilling, and los. to the poor of my own door in Marlboro' 
Street ". 

Sophia Aubrey, widow of Thomas A., by will dated 22nd 
March, 1714, from St. Giles'-in-the-Fields, and proved 19th 
December, 1718, left her interest in the Shipston estate to her 
two nieces Mrs. Mary Galloway and Mrs. Eliz. Galloway, with 
^50 to her sister Mrs. Susannah Reynoldson. 

Richard Kettle. His name occurs in the years 1727 
and 1730, in the Worcester Catholic Register, privately printed in 

Joseph Harper, of p. of St. Nicholas. Several of this 
name also appear in the Worcester Catholic Register, one, 
Joseph H., being entered as "reconciled to the Church, 22nd 
December, 1724". 

DoKOTHY Bedingfield, of York, succeeded her aunt Frances 
B. as Superioress of St. Mary's Convent, Micklegate Bar, the 


"leasehold house" evidently referred to in English Catholic 
Nonjurors. Dr. Hutch, in his Biography of Mrs. Ball, the 
foundress of the Institute of B.V.M. in Ireland and the 
Colonies, writes, p. 40 : " This lady (Dorothy) . . . was so 
revered by all classes for her many virtues, that several of the 
nobility attended her obsequies on 20th October, 1734 ". 

The will of William Hungate (undescribed) dated 19th 
August, 1706, and proved 6th February, 1720, is worth re- 
cording here for the following connections that he gives : " My 

three nieces, Smalley, and Lucy and Mary Hungate ; my 

brother Hammond, and his son Gervase Hammond ; my 

cousins Eliz., sister of Robert Dalton, of Thumham, lately 
dead ; Eliz. Butler, and Helena and Mary Middleton ". His 
executors were his nephews Dr. Hungate and William H. 

Admon. of Charles, Lord Fairfax, bachelor, was granted, 
29th November, 1715, to his mother. Lady Mary Hungate. 


Admon. of the estate of Jordan Metham, late of the p. of 
St. Andrew, Holbom, was, 9th February, 1725, granted to his 
widow Catherine. 

Hannah Ellerker, of Doncaster, spinster, in her will of 6th 
July, 1716, proved 2nd August, 1717, names her four sisters 
Jane and Anne E., Sarah Short (who had a son Thomas S.), 
and Eliz. Wright; her two nephews William and John E., 
nieces Eliz. Furnace and Hannah Bingley, and cousins 
Catherine and Thomas E. 

Hon. Eliz. Craythorne, by will dated 28th February, 1727, 
and proved 29th November, 1739, left all her estate to her 
sister the Hon. Mary Cockayne. 

Henry Cutler, of Hayton, by will dated 19th November, 
1715, left his household goods, &c., to his widow Elizabeth, to 
whom admon. was granted 8th April, 1730, his executors 
dying in his lifetime. He names the eldest son of Egerton 


Cutler, clerk, his nephews Cutler Wainwright and Francis 
Willy, and sisters Magdalen Rutherford and Grace Smith. 
To his niece Jane Wainwright he leaves ".^250, provided she 
marry a man worth ;£^5oo in debtless goods". Further on he 
adds: "... if any of my sisters come to want I give them 
£20 per annum . , . " or " . . . if they shall want a physician 
or other necessary in sickness, they shall he provided for out 
of my estate at Dodworth , , . and if any of my heirs or their 
successors shall by good fortune raise their estate ... to be 
worth j^8oo per annum, then all my tythes I give to an ortho- 
dox minister in the Protestant religion, according to the esta- 
blishment of the Church in King Charles the Second's time, 
to the chapel of Bamsley ; if not orthodox according to this 
intent, then to the minister of Silkstone if such ; if not, to the 
poor of Silkstone", Hunter, in his Deanery of Doncaster (ii. 
266), gives an elaborate account of the Cutler family, and 
names Henry C. as second son of Sir Gervase C, and one of 
seventeen children, of whom fourteen were girls. Egerton C. 
named in the will was a son of Sir Thomas C, an uncle of 
testator. Sir Thomas "served under the Duke of York at 
sea, and was afterwards four years and a half In the French 

Sir Marmaduke Constable left his estate in trust to his 
own right heirs, a codicil of i6th April, 1746, naming his 
nephew Sir Carnaby Haggerston. [August, 1745 — i6th Feb- 
ruary, 1747.] 


Admon. of the estate of " Sir Charles Ingleby, servientis 
ad legem in hospitio servientium ad legem Chancery Lane," 
was granted gth February, 1720, to his son Thomas. 

Hon. Bernard Howard, of the p. of St. George the 
Martyr, co, Middx,, in his will dated 21st May, proved the 
following June, 1745, names his four brothers Hon. Charles, 
Thomas, Henry, and Philip, giving to the first -named his 
book and furniture. 



Charles Tancred, of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, in his 

will of loth May, 1725, proved 28th November, 1733, names 
his son Thomas, then married, and his two das. Mary and 
Ann. The will of Frances Tancred, of St. Paul's, Covent 
, Garden, widow of Thomas T. aforesaid, dated 26th March, 
1748, was proved 20th March, 1753. She names her sister 
Mary, wife of Thomas Fraser, apothecary, and Ann F., their 
daughter; her three das, Eliz. Tancred of Liege; Ann, wife of 
Thomas Webb ; and Henrietta, wife of Robert Kirby ; leaving 
her " business of a woollen draper" to her sons-in-law, "both 
of St, Paul's, Covent Garden, Esquires," in trust for her eldest 
son John, second son Walter, and da, Barbara T. 

Dorothy Hastings, "one of the das, of Ferdinando H., 
late of the p. of St. Giles-in-the-Fields," dates her will 31st 
January, 1721, proved 6th July, 1735, the chief legatee being 
her servant Ann, wife of John Barker. 

I Mary Horncastle, of Balne, in p. of Snaith, co. York, 
' ^ngle woman, in her will dated 22nd August, 1754, proved 
17th December, 1754, names her brothers Joseph and John H., 
" also Mary, William, Eliz., John, and Joseph, all sons and 
das. of Joseph H., of Balne". Perhaps a relative of Will. H. 
[See B-ng. Cath. Nonj., p. 311.] 

Dame Magdalen Gascoigne, "late of the p. of St. Ann, 

Westminster, widow". Admon, of her estate was granted, 

22od February, 1732, to Mary Foster, spinster, and attorney 

for Henry Curwen, of Workington, co. Cumberland, brother of 

I said dec. 

I Nicholas Stapleton, of Carleton, by will of 29th June, 
r 1742, of which he named his brother John S. and Sir Edward 
Gascoigne executors, mentions his das. by Charlotte Eure, his 
first wife, and appoints his present wife Winifrid guardian of 
his children Thomas, Miles, Nicholas, John, Charles, Gregory, 
Eliz., Winifrid, and Monica, any da. entering Religion to have 
only ;£^500, His executors dying in his lifetime, admon. of his 
estate was granted, 2nd August, 1750, to his widow Winifrid, 
[ he then also being described as " late of Carlton, but at 
I Hammersmith, co. Middx.". A further admon. was granted, 


3rd March, 1769, to his son Miles S., the eldest son Thomas 

Mary Stapleton, "late of the city of York, but at Bath, 

CO. Somerset, widow, and executrix of Nic. S., formerly Erring- 
ton," desires burial at Carlton by her husband if dying in J 
England, or if beyond sea, her heart to be brought over and 1 
buried by her husband. She names the following: My sons I 
John (oldest) and Thomas S,, uncle Sir Myles S., "son-in-law" 
Nicholas S., of Carleton, with his children Philadelphia, Mar>', 
Charlotte, Fanny, and "Master Stapleton"; also Eliz., sister 
of said Nicholas S. "My da. Mary, wife of Ralph Clavering, 
and their children Mary, Ralph, Nicholas, Nancy, Franky, 
Winifred, and Catherine Clavering; da, Catherine - Hester I 
Stapleton; "relations" Sir Basil and Lady Dixwell ; cousins J 
Eliz. Plumton, who had three sisters, Mary, Catherine, and I 
Nelly Gascoigne; cousins Eliz. Mompesson and Mary Christ- 1 
mas; "my brother Joseph Sandys and his wife; grandmother ' 
Lady Peyton and Aunt Lady Swan ". To her son and executor 
she adds: "I am sure, my dear Jacky, you'll never forget to 
pray for my poor soul. . . . Give :f 10 to the Benedictines at 
Brussels, and what you think proper to the good nuns at 
Antwerp, Louvain, Cambray, and GravelHnes." [nth May, 
1734— 20th June, 1735.] 


Joseph Pattison, of Six-Hills, co. Lincoln, held an estate 
at Leake, in the North Riding. " 1693. Anne Paddison was 
buried February y* loth." " 1703. George, y* son of Joseph 
Pattinson and Margaret, his wife, was born 14th December." 
[Bishop's Reg. at Lincoln.] 

Thomas, Lord Faoconberg and Viscount Henchknowle, 
desires burial at Coxwold, and names his sons Thomas and 
Rowland Bellasis, das. Mary, Ann, and Penelope, brothers 
John and Rowland B., the executors of his will being his wife 
Bridget and Sir John Webb, [6th March, 1714 — 7th May, 


Jane Tootell, late of the p. of St. Andrew, Holborn. 
Admon. of her estate was granted, i6th July, 1718, to Henry 
•Trapps, guardian of her infant children Eliz. and John Tootell. 

Zachary S. More, of North Loftus, whose marriage settle- 
ment with Anne, da. of Richard Harnage, Esq., is dated i6th 
August, 1706, "desires burial at Loftus near Mr. Danby's 
grave," and names his eldest son Zachary Harnage More, 
second son Thomas, and da. Anne M., all minors; brother 
Thomas More and sister Bridget Hoskins, giving to his sister 
" Barbara More, now at Lisbon, in Portugal, jf 10 per annum," 
with a like sum to Mr. Tobias Battersby, brother John 
CoUingwood and goddas. Eliz. Hoskins and Ann Collingwood, 
naming also in a codicil his nephew John Collingwood. [23rd 
January, 1728 — 20th June, 1732.] 

Cuthbert Constable, of Constable-Burton, CO. York, names 
his wife Elizabeth, eldest son William (to whom he left his 
library), and Marmaduke Tunstall, of Wycliffe, executors of 
his will ; also son Marmaduke and das. Cecily and Winifred. 
[14th March, 1746 — 27th May, 1747.] 

William Salvin, of Easingwold. Bom in 1662, he 
married, in 1702, Anne, niece and heiress of Thomas Reynes, 
of Easingwold : dying in 1726, he was buried at St. Olave's, 
Marygate, York. [Lawson MS.] 

Gerard Saltmarsh, " of the county of York, gent.," in 
his will of 28th December, 1732, proved 5th February, 1733, by 
his executor " Mr. Ralph Clayton," names his brother Edward 
S., and his three nephews Philip S. and his son, and Mr. Peter 
Vavasor, of Willitoft. 

Philadelphia Thorold, of Southampton Street, Blooms- 
bury, spinster, left by will dated 29th May, and proved nth 
December, 1735, "£5 to Mr. Benjamin Petre, who lives with Mr. 
George Jernegan, and to Mr. Challo7ter, who lives with Mrs. 
Brent ". 


The collection known as the '' Forfeited Estates Papers '' 
at the Public Record Office, from which many ex- 
tracts were given in Bng-. Cath. NonJ. of 17 15^ is 
again the source of the following pages. This 
further and still larger selection will be found of 
great interest, throwing, as it does, so much light 
upon the sufferings and adventures of English 
Catholics of that period. 

[Forfeited Estates MS., A. 23.] " Dame Margaret Ander- 
TON, sworn this 15° Maii, 1718, upon her oath, saith that Sir 
Laurence Anderton, her son, was, whilst he was under her 
care, educated in the Romish Religion, and she doth believe 
that he doth still profess the same ; that before he was one-and- 
twenty years of age he was sent or did go over to the College 
at St. Omers to study and for his education, and is now (as 
this deponent verily believes) in parts beyond the seas." 

[Id.] Francis Anderton, Esq., sworne this 30th May, 
1718, saith that he was married about 10 or 11 years since to 
the sister of Sir Henry Bedingfield, with whom he had 3^5000 
portion, and that before that marriage part of the estate . . . 
some jfsoo per annum, was settled as jointure . . . and that 
Mr. lEyre, of Gray's Inn, drew the said settlement, and that 
Mr. Edward Bedingfield, dec, was one of the trustees, and that 
he, this deponent, was in possession for about two years before 
the said marriage, and during the life of his elder brother 
James, who was then beyond seas, and is since dead, who 
conveyed the same to this deponent . . . that he hath con- 
stantly paid about £50 or 3^60 per annum to his elder brother 
Sir Laurence Anderton, who is now about the age of seven or 
eight and thirty years, and was educated in and doth still 
profess the Romish Religion, and that when he was about the 
age of 15 or 16 he, the said Sir Laurence, was sent over to the 
seminary at St. Omers to study and be instructed in his 
religion and for his education, and that he remained in the 
same college for the purposes aforesaid for the space of seven 
years or thereabouts ; and further, this deponent saith that he 
hath heard the said Sir Laurence Anderton own that he was a 
monk. Francis Anderton. 

[A. 24.] Richard Cotton, gent.. Quartermaster in the 
regiment of dragoons commanded by the Hon. Brigadier- 
General Honywood, saith that after the rebellion was sup- 
pressed at Preston he, with some dragoons belonging to the 
said regiment, was ordered to reside at the house of Francis 
Anderton, E)sq., commonly called Sir Francis Anderton, at 
Lostock, to take care of the goods . . . among which 
were ... a large clock like a church clock in the gate 


house or porter's lodge . . . that several of the goods 
were very good, and particularly a scriptore, as rich and as 
fine as ever this informant ever saw, and must have been very 
valuable. [15th December, 1716.] Ric. Cotton. 

[A. 55.] Dame Margaret Anderton in her will dated 17th 
August, 1720, of which John Gillibrand, of Chorley, was executor 
and resid. legatee, names her da. Mary Blundell, grandsons 
Robert and Henry Blundell, and her granddas. Bridget, 
Margaret, Mary, Anne, Frances, and Elizabeth Blundell. 

MS. 29 A. gives in detail the case of Sir Laurence Ander- 
ton V. Francis Anderton. 

[B. 62.] " Christopher Clarkson, of Preston, co. Lane, 
said that Edward Kitchen is uncle to his wife and is a Popish 
priest ; that the said Kitchen goes by the assumed name of 
Smith, and hath for several years last past received the rents of 
certain lands in Higher Walton, in the p. of Walton-le-Dale, 
. . . known by the name of Shutlingfields ; that the usual 
residence of this said Kitchen, alias Smith, was at Bank Hall, in 
p. of Broughton, where he officiated as a priest of the Church 
of Rome, but sometimes came over from thence to Walton to 
receive the rents of the tenants of his said estate of Shutling- 
fields, which rents are applied by him to the support of himself 
and other popish priests." [19th November, 1716.] 

[Id.] "William Gregson, of Barton, in p. of Preston, 
saith that Mr. Edward Kitchen, alias Smith . , . officiated as 
priest at Bank Hall, and he hath seen Papists in great numbers 
go to and return thence upon holy days ; and the said Smith 
hath shewn him the said house, and in particular, a Room above 
stairs, which had forms and conveniencys in it, which induces 
this informant to believe that it was the said Smith's chapel." 
[12th December, 1716.] 

To the above "information" the following memorandum is 
added : " Examine one, Moore, who promised to attend at the 
office . . . the man is a Protestant, but his wife is a Papist, 
who probably prevented his coming ; this man or his wife can 
prove Kitchen a Popish priest ". 

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[Id., p. 20.] John Harrison, of Bodarstone, in p. of 
Blackburn, linen-weaver, saith that Henry Wilcox, of 
Houghton, box-maker, was actually in the town of Preston 
at the time of the late rebellion there, viz., upon Thursday, 
loth November, 1715, and that this informant did then see 
Henry Wilcox walking in the streets of Preston, in company 
with several persons that have been since condemned and 
executed on account of the rebellion, and that he, the said 
Henry Wilcox, had then a cockade in his hat which was a 
mark to distinguish the friends of the Pretender by. In witness 
whereof, &c. [21st November, 1716.] The mark of 

John -I- Harrison. 

[B. 62, p. 100.] William Moore, Esq., '* Master of the 
References," and acting for the Forfeited Estates Commis- 
sioners, writes to them from Preston :..."! have found 
Mr. Chaddock, the present [1716] Mayor of Preston, on all 
occasions a very hearty and zealous man for the Government, 
nor can I in this place having named the Mayor omit taking 
notice of the town of Preston, which, though by reason of its 
healthful situation, was usually made the winter residence of a 
great many Roman Catholic gentlemen in the neighbourhood, 
and was taken possession of by the rebels in the late rebellion, 
and thereby unfortunately became the scene of an action wherein 
so many gallant men of His Majesty's troops lost their lives. 
Yet I should do it injustice if I did not say that there is not any 
town in Great Britain, in proportion to the number of its in- 
habitants, that can truly boast of more hearty friends to His 
Majesty, King George, than are to be found in Preston ! and 
during the late mobs, those preludes to the late rebellion, it was 
not in the power of the enemies of the Government to raise any 
tumult there, which must in a good measure be attributed to 
the Rev. Mr. Peploe, the parson of the town, who, during the 
late reign, though placed as it were in the midst of a college of 
Popish priests, — ^there being no less than six Popish chapels in 
his parish, — had the honesty and fortitude to declare on all 
proper occasions, as well from the pulpit as in his conversation, 
that nothing humanly speaking could secure our Religion and 
our laws but the succession of the crown as settled in the most 


illustrious House of Hanover, and who, since His Majesty's 
accession to the throne, has shown as eminent a zeal for his 
royal person and Government ; for, on the approach of the 
rebels to Preston, he, with the best of the townsmen, retired to 
His Majesty's troops, and returned again with General Wills to 
the attack of the town, for which the rebels burned his bam and 
plundered his house, to his damage at least ^^200 — a verj- con- 
siderable loss to a clergyman of his small preferment and 
numerous family ; and I must take the freedom to say that as 
this worthy divine's having yet met with no public favour for 
his services and sufferings (though as well qualified for prefer- 
ment in the Church as most of his order) must be a matter of 
great pleasure to the Papists and Jacobites, so it must be no 
leas cause of discouragement to the friends of the Government ! 
I have presumed to be the freer on this subject from the 
directions I received at Preston from some of the Hon. 
Commissioners to lay a memorial before the Board relating 
to this gentleman, and I fiatter myself I shall soon have 
an occasion to congratulate him on his having been recom- 
mended with success by the Hon. Commissioners to the 
royal favour. , . , 

"The Lord Molyneux has a deposition made against him 
by his gardener that shows his lordship to have been as directly 
concerned in the late rebellion as any man that was e,\ecuted 
for it. There are also other depositions relating to his lord- 
ship, which, tho' they do not so fully come up to the point, 
yet it was the opinion of several persons well affected to His 
Majesty's Government with whom I discoursed that it had 
been no difficulty to have fixed another direct evidence upon 
his lordship. . . . 

"There are several depositions of which I have also taken 
copies relating to Sir Nicholas Sherburne, a Roman Catholic 
of a very great estate, and I was informed that there was also 
a letter of his found upon the late Lord Derwentwater, or some 
other person taken at Preston by the King's troops, in which 
he \vishes good success to their undertaking, or words to that 
effect, and I was further informed by a gentleman in his neigh- 
bourhood, who came to me at the office in Preston, that he 
was very well assured, had proper methods been taken and 


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encouragement given, it had been no difficult matter to have 
fixed sufficient evidence upon him. . . . 

"The family of Thomas Clifton, of Lytham, Esq., a Roman 
Catholic of a very considerable estate, seems to have been 
very deeply engaged in the late rebellion. George Clifton, his 
brother, is actually outlawed on account of that rebellion, and 
I have the copies of several depositions taken against the eldest 
son of the said Thomas Clifton, and one Mr. Mayfield, his 
steward, relating to their being concerned in the rebellion, that 
are very plain and direct I This Mayfield was taken in Preston 
by the King's troops on the surrender of that town, and at the 
earnest solicitation of Mr. . Shawe — as I was informed — was 
admitted to bail; but the man was so conscious of his guilt 
that he left his bail in the lurch, and is said to be fled to 
France, and yet the recognizance is not estreated ! And the 
eldest son of the said Thomas Clifton has absconded ever since 
the action at Preston, and is said also to be fled to France, 
and yet there have been no proceedings by way of outlawry 
against either of them. There are also some depositions 
against the said Thomas Clifton himself, and I have been 
assured by a clergyman of the Church of England in his 
neighbourhood, a very zealous man for the Government, that 
. . . was there but proper encouragement given there might 
be a cloud of witnesses produced that would fix the matter 
plainly upon him. And I must say that I found it the general 
opinion of the friends of the Government in and about Preston 
that the family of Clifton had been unaccountably screened 
from prosecution ! And they did not stick to name the person, 
which I shall avoid doing here, because in some other matters 
he seems to have acted heartily for the Government. If Mr. 
Townley and Mr. Tildesley were acquitted by their jury for 
want of evidence (as I have often heard suggested) I am sure 
it was not because evidence sufficient could not be had, for there 
are a great many depositions against them so direct and plain 
as had those persons been produced as witnesses it must have 
made a jury, even of Jacobites, ashamed to have acquitted 

" I have also taken copies of the depositions against the 
Cottons, and was there an inclination to trace that aff'air to 


the bottom, I have been assured the matter would not be very 

" I also took copies of some depositions taken formerly by 
Sir Henrj' Hoghton and Thomas Molyneux, Esq., against one 
Thomas Whitehead, relating to his having been engaged in the 
late rebellion. This I did at the request of Mr. Greenhalgh, a 
Justice of the Peace for the county, who, but a few days before 
I left Preston, had committed the said Whitehead for high 
treason to Lancaster gaol on other depositions lately taken by 
himself, that, if there should be occasion on his prosecution 
to produce other witnesses besides those who had sworn 
against the said Whitehead before him, he might also make 
use of those who had sworn against him before Sir Henry 
Hoghton and Mr. Molyneux, This commitment of Whitehead, 
which was a little before Christmas, gave a sensible concern 
to the party who seemed to have gained new courage from the 
Lord Townshend's dismission from being Secretary of State, 
insomuch that several of the persons outlawed for high treason 
on account of the late rebellion began to appear publicly in the 
country ! And I was informed that the Popish priests were 
everywhere spiriting up their people by assuring them that 
they would see an unexpected turn in their affairs ! which pro- 
bably proceeded either from what was then publicly discoursed 
that there would be an universal change in the ministry or from 
their having some private intelligence of the intended invasion 
from Sweden." 

William Moore. 

[B. 62, p. 22.] Thomas Browne, of Dalton-in-Fumess, co. 
Lane, yeoman, saith that about two years ago he took of one, 
Mrs. Mary Richardson, 26 acres of land in Dalton, for 3 years, 
■** £3 P^r annum, clear rent and also paying all taxes and 
charges whatsoever, and particularly a rent of four nobles per 
annum, to Her Grace the Duchess Dowager, of Mountague ; 

that the said Mary Richardson is housekeeper to one 

Taylor, a Popish priest, and though this informant has paid 

his rent to the said Mary Richardson, yet the said Taylor is 

looked upon to have the profits of the said premisses, and that 
Maiy Richardson only acts under him, and this informant further 

OF 1715. 89 

saith that he has always heard and believes that the said pre- 
misses are settled to Popish and superstitious uses. [21st Nov- 
ember, 1716.] Thos. Browne. 

[Id., p. 30.] John Sallom, of Clayton, in p. of Garstang, 
deposes, 27th November, 1716, that Mr. Richard Shuttleworth, 
of Turnover Hall, in the p. of St. Michael, near Garstang 
. . . was engaged at Preston in the late rebellion, and in 
attempting to make his escape from Preston was killed by the 
King's troops. 

[Id., p. 35.] 27th November, 1716. Thomas Ford, jun., 
of Liverpool, co. Lane, gent., saith that James Almond, the 
elder, of Speke, near Liverpool (who is proved to be a Popish 
priest by the information of Richard Hitchmough, of Garston) 
is possessed of a house in Union Street, Liverpool, now in the 

possession of one Hawett, widow of Richard Hawett, of 

Liverpool, merchant, for which house she pays £6 6s. per 

[Id,, p. 37.] The same Thomas Ford also deposes, 28th 
November, 1716, that the township or village of Ulveswalton, 
with the land thereunto belonging (lying within Leyland and 
adjoining to Extonburgh, alias Euxton, about six miles from 
Preston . . . and now the reputed inheritance of William, 
Lord Molyneux, of Croxteth), belongs to some Popish priests or 
Jesuits, and that Lord M. is only a nominal trustee for some 
Popish priests or Jesuits, or for some other superstitious use for 
the township of Ulveswalton. 

[Id., p. 72.] Also that the Hon. Henry Howard, brother 
to the Duke of Norfolk, is a Popish priest, and has a pension of 
^200 per annum paid him out of the Duke's estate. [14th 
December, 1716.] 

[Id., p. 73.] Also that Lowick Hall, the reputed inheritance 
of Thomas Clifton, Esq., of Lytham, about four miles from 
Preston, belongs to some Popish priests, or is appropriated to 
some other superstitious use. [14th December, 1716.] 

[Id., p. 87.] Also that an estate called Brin Hall, lying 
near Ashton, co. Lane, and now the reputed residence of Sir 



William Gerard, of Qarswood, belongs to the body of English 
Jesuits or to some other superstitious use ; also that out of an ^ 
estate called the Hall Wood, lying in or near Melling, within 4 
six miles from Liverpool, and now the reputed residence of "31 
Robert Molyneux, of Mosborrow, is an annual pension of about ::q 
jf20 paid to some Popish priests for saying Mass at the saidj^ 
Hall on several particular days in the year. [22nd December. 

[Id., p. 17.] William Shepherd, a servant of Lord 
Molyneux, sending a report to William Moore of his "discovery 
of an estate granted to superstitious uses," also adds: "... 
I have sent you a small present of brandy : I should be glad to 
know it proved acceptable : I should be glad you would please 
to drink my health in one bottle with your landlord William 
Harrison ; the rest are entirely at your service. I heartily hope 
it may prove good: Sir, I hope as I have been truly free and 
plain in the matter without equivocation, so I hope that falling 
into so good hands as yours in whose power it lyes both to be 
favourable and do justice to all, so / doubt not only of a third pari 
as you proposed at first" [Mr, Moore writes in the margin: "This 
was a mistake, for I told him a trustee of a superstitious estate, 
dicovering it before 24th November, 1716, was entitled only to 
s. fourth part "], "but of all the reasonable kind usage that in an 
honest fair way can be hoped for, for I do assure you I have had 
an endless hurry about that business, and I do not know that I 
have had so much of it as I have spent on that account, so I rely 
wholly upon your kindness, which will ever be acknowledged 
to his power by your humble and obedient servant, whilst 
William Shepherd," Mr, Moore adds in margin: "The 
above letter was directed, for Mr. Moore, at Mr. William 
Harrison's, saddler, in the Frj-ar Gate at Preston, and was 
dated 25th November, 1716. At the same time the said Mr. 
William Harrison, at whose house I lodged, received a letter 
from the said Mr. Shepherd, dated also 25th November, 1716, 
of which what follows is a copy." 

" Honest William ; I have left a lease and assignment 
in Liverpool to come by Gornal this week which I desire you'll 
show Mr. Moore, and afterwards keep them till I see you, or 

OF I715. 91 

send them to my mother's ... pray give him my humble 
service, and with the lease come 4 bottles of brandy, which I 
beg you'll also give him, one of which I could wish if he please 
5^u and he would together drink my health ... I have 
not tasted the brandy, but a friend of mine promised to get 
right good, and I pay for such, and should be ashamed if it 
should prove otherwise. I had designed to have made a further 
addition of a dozen lemons, but could meet with none. The 
things come directed for you. I forgot to desire my friend to 
pay the carriage, but if he hath not, pray pay it, and Fll return 
it with thanks for all troubles. I doubt not but in a fair way 
he'll be so kind as to show me all the favour he can, and as he 
proposed at first allow me a third part. I paid not for the postage 
of his letter i because I supposed him free^ which, with many thanks 
for all troubles, is from your friend and servant whilst 

" William Shepherd." 

But Mr. Shepherd's obsequious and diplomatic despatch to 
the government official, and the more confidential letter to his 
friend the saddler, seem alike to have met with a cold recep- 
tion, as appears from the subjoined memoranda of Mr. Moore, 
who writes : "I did not think it proper for me to return an 
answer, but got Mr. Harrison to do it, the copy of whose letter 
to the said William Shepherd here follows : 

** Preston, 13th December, 1716. 
** Sir, — I received the lease and assignment . . . Mr. 
Moore thanks you for your intended present to him of four 
bottles of brandy, which I could not get him to accept nor 
taste a drop of it, but bid me tell you it was not out of any dis- 
respect, but because he was under an obligation to take 
nothing ; so there the brandy will remain at my house till I 
receive further orders from you. 

" I am, Sir, 

" Your most humble servant, 

" William Harrison." 

Mr. Moore appears to* have remained at Preston until 
almost the end of December, 1716, leaving "the keys of the 
office with Mary Harrison, the saddler's sister," and writing 
with great particularity to one of the Commissioners on 22nd 




December [C. 93]: ". . .'You will find in the closet of the 
Commissioners' Room a few penns, some ink, both black and 
redd, three rheams of writing paper, some very large imperial 
paper, and some other things which I thought proper to leave 
for yours and the Surveyor's use ". 

Five days later he writes (apparently from Chester) [B. 62, 
p. 106], 27th December, 1716; "... I think it my duty to 
acquaint the Hon. Board that I have been very well informed 
that Lord Molyneux has summoned in all his tenants to iill up 
their leases, which are generally for three lives, and that the 
Papists in general are either doing the same throughout the 
county, or else making conveyance of their estates to Pro- 
testant trustees, to evade the late Act for seizing two-thirds of 
the estates of Popish recusants for the benefit of the public; 
and I cannot without some indignation say that I apprehend 
some persons who would be thought friends to the Government 
are busily concerned in these transactions. And I am humbly 
of opinion that, without some proper clause of retrospection in 
an act of Parliament to be passed the next sessions, the two- 
thirds of the estates of Popish recusants will be of little benefit 
to the public." J> 

[C. 85.] Letter from Chambers' Slaughter, Esq., to 
George Treby, Esq., one of the Commissioners : 

" Preston, 5th February, 1716-17. 
"... 'Tis to be wished that strict orders might be given 
to the Justices, but particularly to those of this country, that 
y' oaths should be again tendered to all persons without dis- 
distinction, as well Protestants as Papists, being assured that 
several of the former have been neglected, though equally 
obnoxious as the latter. ... If anything drops from me un- 
becoming to suggest, please to impute it to zeal and not con- 
ceit, being very desirous of approving myself, 
" Sir, 

" Your most obed. servant, 

" Chambers Slaughter." 
[C. 91.] Sir Henrv Hoghton, M.P. for Preston, also 
writes to the "Commissioners of Enquiry" at Preston from 
Penrith, 3rd September, 1716 : 

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" Sir, — I ^m sorry I had not the opportunity of waiting on 
you and the other Commissioners before I left the country. I 
hope you had a good journey to Preston. . . . This evening, 
Mr. Thomas Fletcher, of Hutton Hall, a good gentleman of a 
good estate in this country, tells me an acquaintance of his, 
one Mr. John Tiffin, can make several discoveries of real and 
personal estates belonging to the rebels, as also of some estates 
given to superstitious uses. Mr, Fletcher, who was formerly a 
Papist, but now a Protestant, and zealous in the interest of 
y* Government, I presume also knows of some estates given to 
superstitious uses. ... If you think proper to offer the oaths 
to any about Preston, I could mention some who call them- 
selves Protestants, and yet I believe won't take the oaths if 
tendered. ... 

" Your sincere friend and humble servant, 


[Id.] " Warton, 3rd October, 1716. 

" To the Commissioners of Enquiry at Preston. Gentlemen, 
— I received your obliging letter, and take it as an uncom- 
mon favour that you are pleased not to lay any positive 
injunctions on me to make my personal appearance before 
your Honours, as I am very sensible you might justly have 
done. The journey would have been entirely fruitless ; 
for I do hereby most sincerely profess, declare, and protest, 
upon the word of a Christian, gentleman, and priest, that I 
do not know of any estate . . . whatsoever, in this or in any 
other part of Great Britain, or any other His Majesty's do- 
minions . . . applied to superstitious uses or appertaining to 
any college, seminary, monastery, convent, nunnery, church, 
chapel, &c., of the Romish Religion. I have often heard in 
general that the English Jesuits have considerable estates and 
possessions in this kingdom under borrowed names, as also 
large sums in the public stocks, but as to any particular what- 
soever I can give no account in the world, as I am ready to 
declare upon oath in the most solemn form and manner, if at 
any time required. I hope, honoured Sirs, that I need not use 
any further argument to engage your belief in this matter. I 
think I have given more than ordinary proofs of my sincere. 




zeal for the Protestant Religion and hearty affection to the 
present establishment and His Majesty's Government by an 
uniform series of toyal words and actions, and the whole tenor 
of my conversation. I am, with all respect and submission, 
Honoured Gentlemen, &c., W. Aylmer." 

William Aylmer was instituted to the vicarage of Warton, 
in Lancashire, on 7th May, 1714, which he appears to have 
held till his death in 1734. In a volume of sermons in the British 
Museum is "A Recantation Sermon against the errors of 
Popery, particularly Transubstantiation, preached at St. Mar- 
tin's, Oxford, 20th September, 1713, before . . . the Bishop of 
Oxford . . . the Mayor, Aldermen, &c., and Bailiffs of that 
city by William Aylmer, lately Professor of Divinity in the Roman 
Church. Published at the desire of his lordship. Oxford, 1713." 
No wonder that the Commissioners sought out this terrible 
apostate ! 

[C. 92.] Jonathan Maughan, to the Commissioners, dated 
from Wolsingham, 17th November, 1721 : " Captain Lancelot 
Ord was taken prisoner in the late rebellion at Preston, made 
his escape from prison, fled beyond the seas, and there con- 
tinues. The tithes of Ancroft and Tweedmouth belonged to his 
three younger brethren — viz., John Ord, who was executed in 
the rebellion; Mungo Ord, who died in the same rebellion; 
and Francis Ord, who was kept in prison until set free by the 
Act of Indemnity, these tithes being held by lease under the 
Dean and Chapter of Durham at a very small rent, Mrs. 
Eliic. Ord, sister to the above-said rebels, renewed the lease 
three years since," 

[Id.] Letter to a Commissioner: 

" Sir, — Being very uneasie at my being kept out of the 
money due to me out of Shuttlevvorth estate for so many years, 
and having more pressing occasion for money at this time, I 
beg of you and the rest of y' gentlemen that I may be p*" as 
soon as possible, which will greatly oblige your most obed. 
servant, Thomas Clarkb. 

" i8th November, 1721." 

[B. 62, p. 8g.] 22nd December, 1716. William Wall, of 
Preston, desires that, if possible, his name might not be made 

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use of in his information (furnished through William Moore) to 
the Commissioners, he being the only attorney in Preston that has 
made any information for the benefit of the public. William 
Moore writes himself to the Commissioners to hope they will 
indulge him in this. 

[Jrf.,p. 93.] 27th December, T716. "... William Massey, 
Esq., of Puddington, co. Chester, died about a year ago, and by 
his will left :£'500 to his sister, who is a professed nun at Douay, 
and 3^5 to Thos. Brockholes, of Standish, co. Lane, who is a 
Popish priest, and who also has an estate in Standish Wood 
• . . which he holds as a priest of the Church of Rome, and is 
to go always to Popish priests. The mother of Sir Nicholas 
Sherburne, of Stonyhurst, gave an estate near Chipping, of 
£60 per aunum, to Charles Panket, a Popish priest, to go at his 
death in a succession for ever to Popish priests for their main- 
tenance and support, the said Charles Panket, now living in the 
house called Chipping Lane, to which the estate so given him aforesaid belongs." 

[C. 98.] A letter endorsed "To the Hon. the Commis- 
.^ioners for Forfeitures, these " : 

" April 3, 1717. 

"May it please your Honours: Upon search of Mr. Nevill 
and Mr. Timbrell, &c., in relation to our affair in Oxfordshire, 
I have happily succeeded, and have found where he lives, but 
my friend tells me he cares not to medle, and is somewhat 
shye till I can present him with some small sums of money, 
and likewise divers other priests, &c., who has already dis- 
covered about £1400 or £1500 per annum — near 3^700 in Essex, 
3^400 or ;6'5oo per annum in Lincolnshire, ^£^400 per annum in 
Kent ; and engages to discover more in Oxfordshire and most 
counteys in England ; ^£'3500 made over to Doway by a former 
Member of Parliament, but in his travells turned abott of y* 
said place, and his brother will be the chiefe witness in this 

" I am, your honours most obed^ most humble serv'-, 

"Thomas Carr." 

[This somewhat obscure letter would almost seem to refer 
to Hitchmough, who was turned out of Douay.] 




[T. 3. Miscell. Papers relating to George Talbot.'] 

Maryland, isth October, 1717. 

In a series of " Interrogatories proposed and offered by his 
excellency John Hart, Esq., governor of Marj'land . . . unto 
Charles Carroll, Esq., of the city of Anapolis," one is as follows: 
" Do you know of any lands or sums of money that are applied 
to superstitious uses in the Province [Maryland] for the 
maintenance of any Popish Bishops, Priests, Jesuits, or any 
other Regular order of the Romish Church, or of any Semi- 
naries that are for the education of youth in the Romish 
Persuasion ? " 

"Answereth that he doth not know of any lands . . . that 
are applied to superstitious uses in this Province, but believes 
that some priests in this Province are possessed of some tracts 
or Parcels of land taken up by themselves in their natural 
capacities under the common conditions of Plantations and 
pursuant thereto, or by those under whom, for valuable con- 
siderations, they derive, and verily believes that the yearly value 
of them is so inconsiderable as hardly to afford a bare 
subsistence for those who are possessed of them, much less to 
make any fund for education of youth in any Popish seminaries." 

" Do you know of any persons concerned in the late 
rebellion who were possessed of any estate at that time in this 
Province, or at any time since 24th June, 1715 ? " 

" Answereth that he doth not know of any such person . . . 
save what he said before of James Talbot " [son of Colonel 
George Talbot, which James T, was in Newgate as prisoner, 
" taken for the late rebellion "]. 

[C, 100.] James Blacoe, of Barton, co. Lane, taylor, upon 
oath, 7th January, 1715, saith : " That on Tuesday morning, y" 
8th of November last, Mr Thomas Whitehead, sonn of Mr. 
Richard Whitehead, of Matside-in-Claughton, Thomas Green, 
of Myerscough, who carried a gunn with five or six more in 
company, came to this informant's house to search for militia 
arms, and some of the company knowing this informant's 
brother to be a militia souldier, demanded to have what arras 
they had for the service of the Northern Rebels then coming 
towards Preston, but the rest of the company this Informant 
knows not ". 

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[T. 33.] loth December, 1715. William Baines, of Preston, 
husb., " saith he was in Preston when the Rebels entered the 
town on Wednesday, 9th November last, and continued there 
until the town was surrendered to the King's troops, during 
which time this Informant remembers John Leybum, of Nateby, 
Esq., came to the Mitre Inn ... on Thursday, loth 
November, armed with a case of pistols and a sword by his 
side ; and the said John L. had two servants, both of them well 
armed with pistols and guns, and that they mounted their 
horses when the King's troops came before y* town with all their 
arms and accoutrements, in order to go and oppose the said troops 
. . . that Albert Hodgson, of Leyton, Esq., came to lye with 
Mr. Leyburn at the Mitre on Thursday night, bringing his sword 
and pistols along with him to the Mitre, and he saw the said 
Mr. Leyburn and Mr. Hodgson with cockades in their hats . . . 
very active and busy among the said rebels . . . that he saw 
John Brockholes, of Claughton, jun., arrive . . . and above 9 
men with him, armed in the like manner, and come to the Mitre 
to ask for quarters for himself and those men, his soldiers as he 
called them . . . and that on Saturday, when the King's troops 
came to towne, one of those men bid this Informant farewell, 
for he was going either to kill or be killed . . . that he also saw 
John Dalton, of Thurnham, Esq., come into the town well armed, 
with a drawn sword in his hand, waving it about at the head of 
his company ... of over 20 men, all on horseba^ck, and well 
armed, with each man a sword, musket, and case of pistols . . . 
and that on Friday, nth November, he saw Edward Tildesley, 
of the Lodge, Esq., come into town at the head of his company 
... of near 100 men . . . that Captain Francis Leigh, brother 
to Peter Leigh, of Lyme, Esq., came on Thursday, loth 
November, to the Mitre, with sword and pistols in his holsters 
and pistols in his breast, and 6 or 7 men with him . . . 
and Richard Townley, of Townley, Esq., with a cockade in 
his hat . . . with 12 or 14 men with him, all with 
cockades, swords, pistols, and guns on Sunday morning, 
marching amongst the said rebels to oppose the King's Forces 
. . . and that on Sunday morning, whilst the action was . . . 
he saw Sir Francis Anderton and John Trafford, of Croston, 
gent., mount their horses . . . and ride to join the rebels in 




opposition to the King's Forces . . , and that on Thursday 
morning Edward Boswicke, of Manchester, came to the Mitre 
Inn aforesaid, with the said Captain Francis Leigh, and had a 
cockade in his hat, a sword by his side, and a case of pistols in 
his breast, and when he, the said Mr. Boswicke, lighted and 
came into the backside, he said : ' Now for King James "... 
and this Informant further saith that Mr. James Singleton came 
on y' Saturday .at night to enquire for General Foster, and said 
he must send some assistance to my Lord Derwentwater." 

[C. loi.] Chambers Slaughter writes to the Commis- 
sioners from Preston, 23rd April, 1717. 

"... I would be glad of your opinion in relation to 
rewards for , . . small discoveries which several poor Fellows 
come to ask after, and I am not able to give an answer to, and 
to refuse them any will be a great discotiragement to services of that 
kind. There is much discourse in the country about the 
explanation and prolongation of y* Registering Act and gives 
the enemies of the public a great handle. in infusing into the 
minds of the meaner sort a design of y= Parliament to repeal 
that Act, and other suggestions upon the late change that the 
Commission will be dissolved, which makes me the more 
desirous of a little light, being wholly in the dark m3-self and 
not knowing what to say in opposition," 

[C. I02.]- Contains — inter alia — "An Account of y= Names 
of Severall Persons in Preston who are Harty and Zealous in 
His Majesty's interest. Recommended to y" Hon. Commission 
for Inquiry into y* Rebels' forfeited estates, to make use of them 
as they shall have occation." A list of names of trades, &c., is 
given under each of the following headings : " viz, — 

" Gentlemen bred up to y* Law, quallifyd for darks and able 
to assist in severall kinds. 

" Persons quallifyd for surveying land . . . and apprais- 
ing goods &c. 

" Persons proper to attend y° office, to run upon messages & 
arrants about y" town. 

OF 1715. 99 

" Persons that are good Footmen, proper to be sent upon 

Messages about y* Country if 50, 60, or 100 miles. 

• • •••••••• 

" Persons proper to be sent to seize or apprehend persons on 
any account. 

" Names of such persons at whose houses the officers, clarks, 
and servants may be entertained and lodged at. 

" Persons using professions & trades recommended to y* Hon. 
Commissioners to make use of y". as they have occation." 
The first named on this list is Dr Thomas Whaley, physition 
. . . who "lives out of town but is often in it". 

[Id.] " Thomas Parry, of the Cross Keys at Holywell, co. 
Flint, innholder, sworn and examined this loth July, 1718, saith 
that about sixteen years ago he did treat with Cap. Peter Pen- 
nant, of Bighton, one of the Justices of the Peace for co. Flint 
. . . (and landlord of the Inn at Holywell wherein this 
deponent doth now inhabit) in order to take the Inn and did 
agree to take it at a rental of jfii 13s. . . . Deponent never 
paid any rent to Mr. Winne, a Romish priest who lived in this 
deponent's house. . . . That Sir Peirce Mostyn and Mr. 
Roberts, of Herques, had a lease of the Inn . . . that 2 
years since, Mr. Wilmott came to Deponent's house and hath 
ever since boarded there for £6 per annum . . . that he 
did always apprehend Mr. Wilmott to be a very poor man, and 
hath heard Mr. W. say that at the time of his being taken up 
in the chapel in this deponent's house, he (Wilmott) had but 
15s. in the whole world . . . and deponent further saith 
that he is very certain that there never was any gold lace for the use 
of the altar there or for any other use in the said chapel save only such 
as was stitched round a red vestment [the words in italics are 
erased], and that at the time when the furniture of the chapel 
was seized by virtue of a warrant of this Hon. Board there 
was nothing taken away from Deponent's house save only a 
pair of sheets which was immediately returned to this Depon- 
ent's servant, and that he hath not heard that anything was 
taken away from the Starr, save only the furniture of the chapel 


there, nor hath Deponent heard of any complaint of any Loss of 
goods in the said town or of any misbehaviour of any of the 
officers that seized the same or of the soldiers that came with 
them, and that the civil and quiet deportment of the officers 
and soldiers during their stay at Holywell is the frequent dis- 
course of the inhabitants there. 

"The mark of 
"Thomas Parry. 
" Robert Floyd at Starr." 

[Id.] Peter Pennant, of Bighton, Esq., saith that about 
the year 1704 he let the house known by the name or sign of the 
Cross Keys at Holywell to Sir P. Mostyn and Mr. Roberts for a 
fine of £50, under the yearly value of ;^5 5s. for lives of 
deponent and his mother, who is now living . . . Roberts being 

i8th July, 1718. 

[C. 44.] Depositions of Petek Charnley, of Lytham, 
yeoman, dated 27th December, 1715, and of Andrew Dobson, of 
Brynmg-cum-Kellamore, co. Lane., husb., 28th December, 1715, 
relative to the part taken by the Cliftonsin the rebellion. 

Several of the servants of Thos. Clifton and others are 
mentioned, some of whose names also occur among those who 
" registered their names and real estates "~e.g., William 
Walmesley, groom to Mr. Clifton ; James Sanderson, of Little 
Plumpton, yeoman ; William Bennett, of Westby ; and 
" Nicholas Sanderson, young Master Clifton's man ". 

Andrew Dobson deposes that on Thursday, loth November, 
he went to Lytham Hall, where he found twelve or more 
persons who were all to go with the young Mr. Clifton, and 
after dinner that day and drinking a glass of ale in the cellar it 
was agreed that all the company should make themselves ready 
and come to Lytham Hall at seven o'clock the next morning, 
Mr. Mayiield desiring all the company to get their horses shod 
that night. 

[C. 43,] A letter from W. Fetherstonhaugh to the Hon. 
the Commissioners of Enquiry, dated October 2, 1716, saying 
he was told by the wife of John Sanderson that the rent of the 

OF 1715. lOI 

house she inhabits, being the property of George Clifton, was 
settled to " pious uses ". 

[C. 116.] William Sedgwick, of London, merchant, maketh 
oath that he never heard of any ship laden with salt or coals 
that was to be consigned to him by his brother-in-law. Chambers 
Slaughter, and he doth not believe that the said Chambers S. has 
at any time since his first being chosen an officer under the 
Hon. Com. for Enquiry either near Blyth or any other place 
load any ship to this deponent. 

[C. 57.] Catherine Collingwood, widow, sworn and 
examined this the 22nd Octber, 1718, saith that she knows John 
Collingwood of Eslington, in Northumberland, and that he is 
a reputed Roman Catholic, and that she has seen him at Mass. 

[C. 64.] The petition of Catherine Collingwood, one of 
the das. of the late Henry Lord Viscount Montague, and relict of 
George Collingwood, dec, sheweth — 

That by reason of the attainder of her said late husband, 
and a defect in her marriage settlement occasioned by y^ 
ignorance or negligence of y* lawyer concerned in drawing it, 
your petitioner is deprived of her small jointure, and her three 
daughters of y® moderate portion settled upon them by the said 
marriage settlement ; that by reason that she and her daughters 
(without any injustice in the Court) thus deprived oiF the slender 
provision which was intended for them . . . they are reduced 
to extreme necessity. That . . . your Petitioner hath applied 
to His Majesty, who hath had the Royall compassion to refer 
her petition to the Attorney-General, who hath ordered the 
allegations of the said petition to be made good before him to- 
morrow, in the evening ; that her councel advises her to produce 
the settlement of William Collingwood, father of the said 
George Collingwood, to enable the Attorney-General to judge of 
the defect in your petitioner's settlement . . . and further prays 
that her councel may have a sight of the said settlement. 

[Id.'] 5th November, 1718. Robert Collingwood, upon 
his oath, says that there was due to him 3I years' arrears of his 
annuity at Pentecost last. Charles Collingwood makes a 
similar deposition. Both of them say that their annuities were 


always paid them tax-free, and that there will be due to them 
each 4 years' arrears at St. Martin the Bishop in winter, which 
is the nth day of this Instant November. 

Christopher Metcalf, of the p. of St, Giles, co. Middx., 
gent., saith that he and his brother, Thomas Metcalf, have for 
several years paid the said Robert and Charles Collingwood 
their annuities by order of George Collingwood, their nephew, 
but have paid none to them since Lady Day, 1715. 

The 'Commissioners, however, were probably unaware that 
these two claimants of unpaid annuities were Jesuit Fathers. 

[D. 49. Miscell. Papers concerning the Derwentvuater Family.'\ 

" The late Col. Radcliffe devised his estate by will to 
y* Lady Mary Radcliffe, but by private instructions part of it 
to be in trust for the late Earl of Derwentwater or his heirs, and 
other part for superstitious uses, y" maintenance of priests, 
Popish seminaries, or monasteries. The Lady Mary R. is a 
great bigot, and therefore was thought a fitt person to be 
intrusted with y^ disposal of Legacies left by nuncupative wills 
for superstitious uses. Examine s""' Lady Mary and Mr. 
Jenison, her priest, allso Mr. Jackson, late of Durham." 

[D. 50. A Case for ike Commissioners, &c. This is a paper 
endorsed " Mr Pengelly's opinion ".] 

Thomas Radcliffe, Esq., being seized in fee of divers 
manors, lands, &c., by his will, dated 30th June, 1705, gave all 
his manors, real estate, &c., to his sister, the Lady Mary R., 
for her life, and from and after her death ... to James, then 
Earl of Derwentwater, his heirs and assigns for ever. The 
said Thomas R. soon after died s.p., to whom the said 
James, Earl of D., was nephew and heir-at-law. Lady Mary 
was at the time of the devise a Roman Catholic within the 
statute II and 12 King William, by which she is rendered 
incapable of taking by the will, so that the premises vested in 
the said Earl of D. and his heirs, and by his being attainted of 
High Treason became forfeited, and are now vested in the 
commissioners and trustees. The Lady Mary R., under 
pretence of the said will, has been in possession of the premises 
ever since the death of the devisor, Thomas R., the Commis- 

OF 1715. 103 

sioners having but very lately had the discovery made to them 
of this matter. 

Query : " Whether Lady Mary, being a Roman Catholic, can 
take by this devise for her life ?" 

Reply : " I conceive that she, being a Roman Catholic, is 
disabled, and incapable to take such estate for life by force of 
this devise '\ 

Query : " If she cannot take, what will be the proper method 
for the Commissioners to get into the possession of the premises ^ 
— ^whether by taking possession by their officers or by bringing 
ejectments ?" 

Reply : " This estate, having continued in the possession of 
Lady Mary, and Lord Derwentwater not having the profits 
thereof, I think it is most advisable to bring an ejectment, 
wherein the point of law arising upon the statute 11 and 12 W. 
in. will be determined properly before the Commissioners to 
change the possession." [27th November, 1721.] 

Thomas Pengelly. 

[Id. Petition to the Commissioners of Ladies Catherine and 
Eliz. Radcliffe.] 

. . . "Sheweth that your Petitioners having jfioo a year 
a piece secured to them for their lives by their late father 
Francis, Earl of Derwentwater, dec, issuing out of lands . . . 
allowed to John Radcliffe as first son of James, late Earl of D., 
and therefore so long as the said John R. lives the said annui- 
ties are secure, but inasmuch as the next person in remainder 
after the death of the said John without issue male is a for- 
feited person, your petitioners may not be secure, and for that 
it is all their subsistence and that they are in years and very 
infirme, your Petitioners pray your Honours to appoint a day 
for hearing their claims that it may be secured to them in case 
of the death of the said John Radcliffe." 

[Id. To the same : Ralph Gowland on behalf of the Hon. Lady 
Mary Radcliffe of Durham.] 

"... prays that they will dispense with her personal 
appearance, being in a very weak condition and unable to take 
so great a journey without the utmost danger and hazard of 


her life, having been a long time confined to her chamber and 
frequently to her bed by an ill state of health." 

" Memorandum : if she deliver a full and just [acct. ?] by 14th 
February, granted." 

[Id. To the same: Anna Maria Radcliffe, widow of James, 
Earl of Derwentwater, on behalf of her eldest son, John R.] 

"... Sheweth that your Petitioner did some time since 
put in two claims on the estate of her dec. husband, he being 
but tenant for life with remainder to his is/, 2iid, and yd 
sons : that the s''- John was eldest son of the said late Earl (an 
infant under age), who by reason of the attainder for high 
treason of the said late Earl his father hath been kept out of 
all the profits of the estate to his very great loss and detriment 
. . . Petitioner prays Com'^- to appoint a day for hearing 
her claim." 

[Id.] " The same to the same on behalf of her da. Anna 
Maria Radcliffe . . . who apart from the portion granted by her 
father hath nothing else for her necessary support and main- 

This and the foreg. petition were " dismissed ". 

[Id.] Petition of James Rooke, Esq., and Marv, Countess 

of Derwentwater, his wife. 

"... Sheweth that your Petitioners have long since entered 
their claims for a rent charge of ^looo out of estate of the 
late Earl of Derwentwater : that there are now several years in 
arrear due to your Petitioners, who have nothing else to support 
themselves and family withal, and as their title is independent 
and paramount the late Earl or his sons, your Petitioners pray 
the Comm'^- to appoint a day for the hearing of their claim, 
without which they are not able to subsist any longer," 

A note adds, "as soon as possible". This last petition 
would seem to have been granted, igth June, 1719. [MS. 
47. DO 

[D. 59.] Decision of Commissioners in Essex House, 
London, to dismiss the claim of [Bishop] "Benjamin Petre 
of the p. of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, gent.," to £"100 annual 
payment out of the Manor of Whenby, &c., the estate of Lord 


OF I7ii5. 105 

Derwentwater, Tuesday, ist December, 1719, he not appearing 
to support his claim. 

[C. 104.) Inter alia^ a paper endorsed Holywell, and evidently 
an inventory of some of the spoil from the " Starr " or the 
" Cross Keys ". 


"Remonstrance, 7 

Plate, about, 96 

Books about 150, vestment suites 12, albs 8, amices 10, 
cushions 3, antependiums 7, sideboard cloaths 6, Pictures 6, 
curtains 2, Altar-hangings." 

[C. 105]. An amusing sheet from the Commissioners' 
accounts is the following: — 

" Laid out by Eliz. Evans for necessarys used in the Town's 
hall for the Hon. His Majesty's Com"- 

" For flowers for the flower pots, 6 times, 3^. a 

time, 01. 6 

For cleaning the Hall and Council House 7 
weeks, shee referrs and leaves to their hon"- 

pleasures, . 10. 6 

Paid for the flower Potts, . . . . . 00. 6 

I2S. 6" 

[C. 116.] "William Brining of Woodplumpton, co. Lane, 
yeoman, saith that Edmund Fishwick, late of Newsham, co. 
Lane, was seized of an estate in Newson called Crowhoe, con- 
sisting of two messuages and 30 or 40 acres of land, held in 
part of Sir Nicholas Sherburne of Stonyhurst and in part of 
John Warren of Plumpton, and . . . that Edmund F. had told him 
in his last sickness that he had given the said estate to William 
Sheppard (now servant to Mr. Blundell of Ince) . . . and 
another person to maintain a Popish Priest, and that he 
(deponent) then desiring E. Fishwick to do something for his 
poor relations, he said they could not do him so great kindness 
as the Priests, and thereupon said, all that ever I have shall go 
for Pious uses . . . that E. F. died about 10 years since and . . . 

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that William Sheppard who is a Papist let the estate and 
receives the rents. 

" The mark of 
"William Brining. 
" Preston, September 13, 1716-" 

[Id.] A document endorsed " Paper of Mr. Brooke delivered 
by Sir Richard Steele ". 

" To the Hon. Commissioners, &c., appointed to enquire of 
estates of certain traitors, &c. 

" With most humble submission to your Honours : 

" Those clauses which relate to estates given to superstitious 
uses, I . . . pray leave to lay before your Honours such methods 
as may probably answer the intention of the Act of Parliament." 

After giving a summary of the Act granting a fourth part of a 
" superstitious estate " to any trustee " discovering " it between 
24th August, 1716, and 24th November, 1716, the paper con- 
tinues : " Your Honours are the most knowing how few trustees 
have made discoveries pursuant to the directions of the s''-Act; 
wherefore I beg leave to assure you that trusts of that nature 
are so very secretly managed that, for the most part . . . none 
are privy to them but the . . . persons principally concerned, 
who [not] being fearful of others, will always keep them 
concealed, unless some expedient be found to oblige or force 
them to discover and give account of all such secret 
transactions, the penalty of not appearing or not discovering the 
trust in them reposed being only £40, and imprisonment till 
paid. Which s'' fine of /40 it may be believed they will sooner 
pay than discover and loose the Fortunes they are entrusted 
with, and also bring themselves under the penalty for being 
accountable for mean profits, &c. As to the continuing the 
clause of paying the mean profits or repealing that respective 
clause, I most humbly submit, may it please your Honours : 
When Roman Catholics are summoned to take the oaths to the 
Government for preventing the two-thirds of their estates being 
applied to the use of the public, as per Act of Parliament, if 
they were to take the oath following : 

" I, A. B-, do solemnly , . . swear . . . that I am not now, 
or ever was, entrusted \\ith or concerned in any estate, real or 

OF 1715. 107 

personal, demised, bequeathed, or given by any person to the 
use of . . . the Church of Rome, or any funds or allowance for 
educating, feeding . . . youth in any seminary, school, or 
Religious House, &c. (by the Papists often called Pious Uses) in 
any part of Europe . . . and that I do not know of any such 
trust, &c., reposed in any other person . . . nor of any estate 
belonging to the clergy or Religious Orders of the Church of 
Rome ... all which I declare to be true . . . and I have not, 
never had, or do believe, or in anywise expect any forgiveness, 
pardon, remission, releasement, absolution, or any other manner 
or way of Indulgence from the Sea of Rome, meaning by or from 
the Pope, or any Prelate, or Ecclesiastic of the Romish Church 
... in case I do now here in the presence of God and of this 
hon. assembly equivocate, &c. ... So help me God ! 

" It may reasonably be thought that if they will not save 
their own estates by swearing against their consciences, they 
will not take a false oath to preserve the revenues of their 

"And in case any person refuse to take this oath and be 
interrogated, then the Com'*- be empowered to sequester estates 
and imprison such person refusing, wheresoever the estate can 
be discovered, and the same disposed of for the use of the 

" May it please your Honours : 

"The countenance I have received from some persons of 
distinction hath obliged me to present to your Honours the 
before mentioned method to deal with those the said Act aims 
at, whose economy or Church government of the Popish clergy 
in England I shall present unto you in the best manner I can. 
The great body of Ecclesiastics are divided into several 
branches. . . . 

"The seculars or clergy are entirely governed by their 
Bishops in spiritual affairs and temporal interest (viz.), the 
Prelates receive all moneys and the revenues of estates left to 
superstitious (by them called pious) uses, and have the immediate 
government and direction of colledges, monasterys, &c. Their 
numbers were commonly four, but at present I can only be 
certain of three : these are Giffard (Metropolitan) and Witham 
residing here ; the third is Ellis at Rome. 

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"The other Orders are called Religious, and are nomi- 
natively Monks, Fryers, Jesuits, Anchorites, and Carmelites: 
these Religious are subject to the Bishops in spiritual but are 
governed by their superiors in temporal interests, and they 
have the care of all abbeys, priories, monasteries, &c,, and receive 
such sums of money yearly as are left to their use for their 

"The nature of Trusts given to the aforesaid uses is such 
that the very members of the Body are unknowing from whence 
their vast revenues do arise. The superiors themselves do 
many times receive large yearly sums appointed for their uses, 
and know not who is the Donor, so jealous and fearful they are 
of being discovered, or any light given of their secrets, 

" For proof of what I shall humbly offer to your Honours, if 
you shall please to summons Sir Charles Ingleby, Knt,, and 
councel for the Jesuits; Mr. Piggott, of the Temple, London; 
Mr. Aire; Mr. Beddingfield ; Mr. Fitzherbert, of Gray's Inn, 
councel for the others, to answer interrogatorj-s, 'tis highly 
probable many estates given or assigned to the aforesaid uses 
for thirty years past may be by them discovered. I pray that 
a particular regard may be to examine Mr. Aire touching Sir 
Henry Fletcher's estate, who is become a Fryar. 

"Monks. The monks, a very opulent order of Religious in 
temporal interest, are governed by a Superior or Lord Abbott, 
and he has the care of all their Abbeys, Priories, &c., to whom 
all revenues and interest are paid, and the whole Order are 
accountable to him. His office is for life. 

" Fryars. The community of fryers consist of several distinct 
Orders, as Franciscans, Augustines, Mendicants, &c., having 
one Superior only, to whom all revenues are paid, and to whom 
all monastic jurisdiction doth belong: his office is elective and 
continues by one year. 

" Carmelites. This Order is governed by a Superior, and 
nothing differs from the former in Dignity and Power; his 
office is likewise elective annually. 

"Jesuits. The Jesuits are the most political and most 
opulent of all the Orders. Amongst these Religious is a Pro- 
vincial who governs them, whose dignity and power is the 
same with the last, only in some cases he is subject to the 

OF 1715. 109 

General of that Order, whose station they look upon to be greater 
than that of a Bishop : his office is also elective and triennial. 

" 'Tis evident that the whole interest of the English clergy 
and Religious of the Church of Rome centres in the chiefs 
before mentioned, which must consequently consist of vast 
treasure to support so many and so great §eminarys in 

I Forreign parts, which is obvious are founded and maintained 
by the English donations. But such is the conduct of these 
great Rulers that the inferior clergy do not know the circum^ 
stances of the Body nor from whence their revenues do arise. 
By which it may be conjectured that the secret is locked up in 
those who have been the chosen governors and their councel,. 
who are only such as have been Principles themselves. There- 
fore, with all humble submission, I think no expedient can be 
proposed to discover the treasure which rests in their hands 
but by apprehending those Principles and strictly interrogating 
them as your Honours shall think fit. I'm sure I may venture 
to say they have vast sums in the Public Funds and Stocks 
uncomatable any other way, for no other persons are concerned 
for them ; sometimes the chiefs themselves receive great yearly 
sums which they are directed to dispose of for certain purposes 
without knowing from whence they come, or what the settle- 
ment was; which was evidently manifest to me when I had 
made all submissive addresses to the trustees, and used my 
endeavours to oblige them to grant me the right due to me : I 
was not only slighted with much railing language, but ab- 
solutely denyed the sight of the deeds relating to my wife's 
interest; then I found myself obliged to prefer a bill against 
the trustees of Mrs. Catherine Winford for the money due in 
right of my wife. They pretended it was a secret trust, and that 
gave them discretionary power to pay or not to pay that legacy. 
At that time, being of that religion, I was so cautious of injuring 
the Church that I went to the Bishops and all the Superiors of 
the Religious Orders to know if they were concerned in the 
trust, and to give them notice that if I could not find justice 
among them, I would proceed in Chancery : they all professed 
Ignorance and were free that I might sue the executors, viz., 
Atwood and Purcell, which I did with success, by which I had 

• a perusal of the deed (whereof I have made a discovery to your- 



Honours) which appoints a certain sum of money as a Perpetual 
Fund for educating youth at St, Omer's. At that time the 
Provincial of the Jesuits, since dead, was a near relation to my 
wife, and very helpful in recovering our right. He was sur- 
prised when I told him the tenour of the said deed that such a 
thing could be and he not know of it. 

" I beg pardon for this digression, but . . . before the afore- 
said methods are put in practice ... it is worthy of considera- 
tion whether the Commisioners have power by this Act to 
detain or punish them any further than by a fine of ^^40 : if 
not, they will unquestionably pay the said line and evade the 
interrogatorys. On y= contrary, if the power is sufficient, I'm 
apt to believe that a right method being taken in the interro- 
gations will prevent equivocation and be an expedient way to 
come at the clergy's effects which is resting in their own hands, 
and will discover the methods they take in managing their 

" It may be necessary that the Penalty on Trustees being 
accountable for mesne profits should be repealed, upon con- 
dition any discovery be made upon their own oaths, but in case 
a discovery be made by the testimony of any other person, 
then to be continued ; for the consequence of so great a 
Penalty upon the trustee may induce him to forswear himself 
to preserve him and his posterity from utter ruin," 

Catherine Winford, " of the p. of St. Giles Holbom, co. 
Middx., spinster," in her will dated Sth December, i6g8, which 
was proved the nth of January following in the Prerogative Court 
of Canterbury, offers her house and land at Bayton called the 
Summer Pole, in the co. of Worcester, for the sum of £150, to 
her cousin Thomas Winford prothonotary of Astley, in that 
county, eldest son of Henry W., dec., directing her executors 
(George Atwood and his son William, with Richard Purcell, of 
Clement's Inn) to pay a number of small legacies with the 
proceeds, while if her cousin refused the Bayton property it 
was to be sold for its full value. The following are among the 
legatees named: John and Henry, 2nd and youngest sons of 

aforesaid Henry Winford, with their3sisters Eliz, W,, Geeres 

and Wilmote : cotisins William Winford and his brother Dr. 

OF 1715. Ill 

Edward W., Dorothy Digby and her sister Howes, John 

. Digby, Anthony Hamerton, Henry Yaxley, Winifrid Atwood, of 
Beverie, Anne Petre, who has a little enamelled cross set with 
green stones : four uncles Richard St. George, Knevett Hastings, 
Charles Hastings, and Ferdinando H., Dorothy, Eliz., and Fer- 
dinando Hastings, children of the latter: Theophilus and 
Charles, sons of my cousin Walter Hastings. Besides her 
godda. Katherine Hammerton, who has ;£'20, others of that 
family named are Mr. Hammerton, of Dunsby, and his sons and 
das. John, William, Elizabeth, and Olivia Hammerton. Two 
of the witnesses to the will are Dorothy Hanford and Richard 
Canning. The will concludes thus : " to the intent they shall 
see my will executed . . . according to my intentions I leave 
to my executors the residue of my estate ". 

But Catherine Winford, on the day that she made her will, 
secretly executed a lengthy and important Codicil, which from 
its very nature she evidently neither expected nor intended her 
executors to "prove" with the will. Indeed so many plain- 
spoken Catholic bequests would have rendered publicity im- 
possible in those times. Her executors were therefore carrying 
out her wishes to the letter in regarding this codicil as " a secret 
trust" and nothing more. Unhappily, however, as we have 
seen, litigation ensued in consequence, and Chancery pro- 
ceedings resulted in the final deposition of the original codicil 
among the " Forfeited Estate Papers " in the Public Record 
Office, of which the following is a summary : 

[Forfeited Estates. W. 43. Will of Catherine Winford.] 
" Whereas in my last will bearing date with these presents I 
^ . . left the . • . residue of my estate to my executors, I now 
further declare that as I have given in the said will several 
legacies, particularly one to my godda. Mrs. Catherine Ham- 
merton to whom I design a larger guift than in my will 
expressed or what I am willing should be known to any but my 
.executors, upon whose secrecy and fidelity I confidently depend . . . 
in case my godda. Catherine Hammerton become a Religious 
woman, that is to say, a nun, my executors when she is pro- 
fessed shall give the portion which the house she fixeth in shall 
require provided it do not exceed jfsop ... or if she marry 


with the consent of trustees she is to have ;&20o . . . provided 
the money come not into the hands of her father John Ham- 
merton." Other bequests are: "... jr400 to raise ^20 a-year 
to maintain a student at St. Omers or at some colledge of 
y= [blank. MS. cut] to be educated there in order to become a 
Religious man of whatsoever God shall give him a vocation to. 
And my will is that my relations of the Hastings or Winfords, 
if any of them will accept it have the first offer to be preferred. 
to this place, and next to them one of my cousin Hamraerton's 
sons . . . and next . . . the son of Mr. John Fraser, of Wor- 
cester, Thomas Fraser . . . provided that his parents have not 
wherewith to pay for his being so educated, for that this is 
intended for such as are poor . . . but if there shall be none 
such found to put into the place there , . . then the son of any 
that is a gentleman and so poor that his parents cannot pay for 
him ... is to be presented." There are legacies of ^10 
downwards "to those of the Society of Jesus of the English 
Province, to Mr. Thomas Roper, George Loup, Henry Hum- 
berston, John Mannock, Leo Randle, Martin and Thomas 
Russell, John Stanford, Thomas Gavan, Edward Levison, Mr. 
Eerriman the younger, Charles Wharton, Francis Gibson, Dr. 
Kemble, James Griffith, Thomas Busby, Messrs. Floyd, Sutton, 
Fiercy, Brett, Fleetwood, and little Mr. BaskaviUe . . - 
to the poorest Priests that are about London ^^15: to poor lay 
Catholics about Worcester ;^io ... all these charities being 
given for the benefit of the souls of my father, mother [sisters], 
and my own. To the English Discalced Carmelites ;fza 
towards a foundation of a house or convent for them, also to 
the Catholic boarding school at Hammersmith j£'io . . . £^ 
each to the 2 children of Mr, Henry Yaxley, to be given to his 
cousin Mr. Howes to apprentice them. Next, I give to my 
Lord Bishop Giffard my great silver crucifix, humbly begging 
his remembrance of my father and my mother. My large 
picture of our Saviour upon the Cross I give to the District of 
the Society of Jesus of Worcestershire, and my best suit of 
Church stuff, with the chalice of sylver and all things belonging 
to it, I give to that Catholic church or chappell that shall be 
first set up in Worcestershire, with the obligation of praying for 
the soul of my father, mother, and myself. For the rest of my 

OF 1715. 113 

church stuff my will is that my executors give it to some priest 
that wants some for the help of the Poor. I give to Mrs. 
Appolonia Yates a pair of white cornelian beads of five tenns 
with a Reliquary set in gold the shape of a heart. I give to 
the Monastery of Poor Clares in Dunkerk my biggest gold ring 
which was my mother's wedding ring and ;f 10, and of my 5 
mourning rings, I will that one be put to a coral pair of beads 
and given to my cousin Dorothy, da. of my uncle Ferdinando 
Hastings . . . another with coral beads to cousin Dorothy 
Digby, and the three others with beads to the three das. of my 

cousin Conquest. ... To my godda. Catherine Hammerton, 

gold ear-rings, hair gold ring, a sylver cup with 2 ears, another 
sylver cupp with a cover to it and a little box for counters . : . 
to the wife of William Gibson, Esq., a gold ring that I commonly 
wore upon my thumb in which is a silver ring of St. Xavier's 
... I give ;£^io to my cousin Christiana Hastings, who is gone 
into Germany . . . ;£'io to the English Carthusians at Newport 
where Mr. Hall is now Prior, and my residuary estate is to be 
employed in binding poor Catholic children apprentices." 8th 
December, 1698, in presence of C. Lamport, Margaret Boucher, 
and Catherine Knowles. 

This codicil, of course, does not appear at Somerset House. 
It is endorsed thus : "This writing was delivered by Mr. Richard 
Purcell, of Clement's Inn, y® 1st of Feb., 1716, and he then swore 
he concklled it by order of Geo. Atwood, Esq." 

MS. S. 94A describes this Francis Brooke as "of the parish of 
St. Bride's, co. Middx., gent," the date of the " information " he 
gave relative to the will of Catherine Winford being 30th 
January, 1716. Probably he married Catherine Hammerton. 

[C. 116.] Letter to the Commissioners. 

" Pleas your Honours. 

" Presuming that y'* Honours will shortly proceed towards 
Northumberland, where I know y'- Hon"- will find much diffi- 
culty in discovering the Rebels' Estates, I thought it my duty 
as being a true well-wisher to my country to acquaint you that 
there is a gentleman in Hexham, his name Warburton, who 
for four years past hath been employed in making a survey of 
that county, in order to compiling a Book of the History and 




Antiquities thereof, and hath lately published a large Map ol 
that county which shewes the owners of every individual estate, 
as advertised in the Evening Post, on Saturday, 25th August, 
1716. He is singularly well effected to the Government, as my 
Lord Townsend can inform you, and hath been very serviceable 
thereunto during the whole course of the late Rebellion, and I 
doubt not but will at your Honours' request (notwithstanding 
his many solicitations to the contrary) frankly discover the 
estates which the rebels enjoyed. He lately shewed me 5 large 
volumes in folio MS. of his own collecting, in which there is a 
particular account of every acre of land and the tenure by which 
they are held, so I think it may be absolutely necessary for your 
Honours to write to the said Mr. Warburton, to be assisting to 
your Honours in that affair, and am, 

" Your Hon" unknown friend 

" and humble servant^ 

" Newcastle, 
"8th October, 1716." 

This was evidently John Warburton the herald and • 

[Id.'] Memorial of William Gibson [Steward to Lord Der- 
wentwater] to the Commissioners, reminding them that in 
November, 1717, he gave information to them relative to the 
marriage settlement of the Earl of D. with a da. of Sir John 
Webb; he concludes: "Your memorialist humbly prays that 
y'' Honours will be pleased to reserve forhis use such a share 
as he humbly apprehends himself intituled unto by the Act of 
Pari'- having been greatly oppressed by the enemies of the 
present happy Constitution on account of the said information. . ." 

From a memorandum attached to the " memorial," it may 
be inferred that this miserable informer probably gained his end. 
" Will further consider: 12th March, 1719." 

[Id.] Norihumbria. A paper endorsed " Matthew Robson's 
certificate for ". 

"Whereas Matthew Robson, of BetJingham, in y" said 
county, hath come before me this present day and taken his 
corporall oath, that on Friday, the 14th October last, he was 

OF 1715. IIS 

coming from Alnwick Sessions, where he had been about his 
lawful occassions, and coming to Rothbury in his way home he 
was intended to refresh himself, and before he lighted off his 
horse, one Robert Talbot, one of the Rebels, came to this 
deponent and told him that he must go and speak to the 
gentlemen at the market place, where a great number of the 
Rebels was assembled in Rothbury aforesaid ; upon which he 
went with the said Talbot to the gentlemen in the market place, 
where among others, Mr. William Charlton, late of Readsmouth, 
in the s^ county ; one of the rebels came to this deponent in a 

great passion biding God d n this deponent, and told him 

he wisht to have his masters there — meaning the Justices of 
the Peace — whom if he had there, he knew how to take care of 
them ; telling this deponent he was one of them that was for 
breaking their caball, shaking his whip at this deponent, telling 
him he would let him know y'- it was not brook yet, and there- 
upon ordered some to take his horse from him ; upon which one 
William Dod, one of y® said rebels, took the horse from this 
deponent, saddled and bridled, and this deponent's sword and 
buff belt, puting him under a guard during the space of three 
bowers, threatening to slay or shoot, and so releast him, but 
kept his said horse and all the things above mentioned, which 
this deponent saith was realy and bone fide worth, the time when 
taken from him, the sume of £y British money. All which he 
hath averd upon oath before me, the ist September, 1716. 
"... coram me. 

"William Loraine." 

[W. 32. Widdrington Papers. Letter to the Commissioners.] 

" Blankney, Lincolnshire, 

" 2nd October, 1718. 
" Sir, 

"This is to certifie the Board y* y^ Honourable Coronell 
Ralph Widdrington died y^ 22nd of June last, according to y® 
Inscription upon his coffin, and was layd in y® vault lately be- 
longing to y« Family, June 28th. 

" Yours in all observance, 

"John Coney, Curate. 
" I had not y® honour to receive y' letter till y® 29th of Sep- 
tember last, otherwise you should have been informed before." 


[Id.] April 7th, 1718. 

Francis Foote saith that on Saturday, 5th April, he made 
enquiry at the house of the late Lord Widdrington, for the plat 
of abode of Eliz, Widdrington, his sister, and of Helena Fairfax, 
of London, spinster, and could not receive any satisfactory 
answer. That same afternoon the said Lord Widdrington sent 
him word that he knew not the place of their abode, but would 
send me the Person who entered their claims to inform me, 
which as yet he hath not done, nor given any further intimation 
thereof; only an unknown person came this morning as from 
Lord Widdrington to him and said, Helen Fairfax might be now 
at Wakefield, in Yorkshire, or thereabouts, but he could not be 
certain, nor did he pretend to know anything touching the 
place of abode of y= above-mentioned Eliz. Widdrington. 

[W. 29,] Widdrington Papers. " Observations on the 
claims of Richard Towneley and his wife Mary" (whom he 
married 15th April, 1713), "one .of the das. of William, late 
Lord Widdrington ". 

"The will of his lordship bears date 26th March, 1694; he 
dyed loth February, 1694-5." 

Extracts from the will are as follows : 

"To my da, ApoUonia W. ;^2000, and my das. Eliz. and 
Mary ^1500" for a marriage portion, and .^100 yearly portion 
till marriage . . . provided they live in England. . ■ . Such 
of my sons or das. as shall depart out of this realm of England 
and settle to remain beyond the seas ... to have nothing of 
his or her portion , . . and any so doing before the age of 21, 
that portion to be divided among the rest. 

" Apollonia, under the age 21, went beyond sea and became 
a nun professed in or about August, 1701." 

[W. 31.] Widdrington Papers. 

One of these gives an " Inventory of the Goods in Widdring- 
ton Castle . . . apraised 14th December, 1716". An item is: 
" In the chappell, a pulpit, g forms, 5 small pictures, and 36 
prints ". 

"In the chappell" also at Stella were "a large grate, an 
old table, 12 old stooles, a forme, and a parcell of old books ". 

OF 1715. 117 

" Peter Potts, Esq., of Newcastle, deposes, 21st November, 
1716, that he has in his possession 5 cases of drawers or 
cabinetts that were the goods of Lord Widdrington . . . and 
were delivered to deponent's servant about January last by Mr. 
Lambert, his lordship's steward . . . deponent valuing them 
at ;£"25 or ;£'30." 

" William Ogle, Esq. of Cawsey Park, co. Northumberland, 
deposes, 23rd November, 1716, that about 13th December, 
1715, lord Widdrington's steward, Mr. Lambert, came to him 
and desired to lodge 2 boxes of goods which deponent believes 
did belong to y® said lord in his house : that accordinly y® boxes 
were left in a closet in this deponent's house, where they still 
are [and that Mr. Lambert has the key of the same]." 

Lord Widdrington's steward contrasts favourably with the 
steward of Lord Derwentwater : he is probably identical with 
Cuthbert Lambert, named in Eng. Cath. Nonj., p. 204. 

Another paper among this collection says: "Widdrington 
Castle, the estate of lord Widdrington, was, on 30th March, 
1720, sold for ;f57,ioo to Christian Cole, Esq., for and on 
the behalf of the Government and Company of undertakers for 
raising the Thames water in York Buildings " ! 

The sheriif of Lincoln also, in a letter to the Commissioners 
dated " Lincoln, 6th October, 1716," writes : 

" May it please your Honours, 

",In obedience to your Honour's precept . . . 
I have made enquiry after all such persons in this county as 
have been concerned in the late unnatural rebellion, but don't 
find any save the family of the Widdringtons, and pursuant 
to your honours' commands have been at Blankney House to 
secure the goods there belonging to that family, but was in- 
formed they were all sold except these few mentioned in the 
enclosed. . . . 

"Thomas Becke." 

This " enclosed " list purports to be " a perfect Inventory 
of the goods and chattells of the late lord Widdrington or Mr. 
Peregrine W., his brother, taken and siezed in Blankney House, 
CO. Lincoln, 3rd October, 1716". The only item of any in- 
terest is, " in the hall, a large long table, supposed to be an 
heirloom ". 


While, however, nothing seems to have escaped the greed 
of the Commissioners, the following draft, evidently designed 
for the royal signature, affords an interesting evidence of the 
noble determination of the unhappy Widdrington family to 
allow no worldly consideration to rob them of apparently the 
only " heirloom " that remained — viz., the Ancient Faith : 

[W. 31.] "Whereas in and by an Act of Parliament made 
in the 4th year of our reigne, entitled an Act for vesting the 
Forfeited Estates in Great Britain and Ireland in trustees, &c, 
. . . the estate of William, late lord Widdrington, a papist, 
attainted for the late unnatural rebellion, was vested in trustees 
. . . and whereas by the said Act a power is reserved to us to 
make such grants as we shall think fit for the support and 
maintenance of the children of the said lord Widdrington 
during his life out of the lands, &c. . . , which were the in- 
heritance of his late wife Jane, lady Widdrington, dec, and 
mother of the said children, not exceeding ;f7oo per annum. 
But by the same Act it is declared that where we shall make 
any such grant, disposition, or provision for the use or benefit 
of any child or children of any such forfeiting person, every such 
child shall be educated in the Protesiant Religion, and not be of 
force any longer time or term than such child shall continue to 
be of the Protestant Religion and shall publicly profess and 
practice the same, and in every such grant an express condition 
to be inserted to that purpose, and whereas since the making 
of the said Act we have not made any . . . provision for any 
of the said children of the said William, late Lord Widdrington, 
who have not given any satisfaction of their being educated in the 
Protestant Religion, but have by one of our principal secretaries of 
State signified to the Commissioners thai they might proceed to sell 
the said estate. . . . And whereas the Commissioners have since 
June last contracted with Joseph Banks, of Revesby Abbey, 
CO. Lincoln, Esq., for the sale of the said estate, and sold it 
to him . . . without any . . . regard in respect of our power 
aforesaid. . . . Now know yee that at the humble request of 
the purchaser, and to extinguish our power of making such 
grants, and for the better enabling the Commissioners to com- 
plete the sale, wee of our especial grace . . . have released 
and discharged ... all the estate of the late Lady Jane 


OF 1715. . 119 

Widdrington, dec, of the said power for charging the same 
for the support and maintenance of the children of lord Wid- 
drington ... to the intent that the said Joseph Banks may 
quietly enjoy the said lands. . . . Given under Our Privy Scale 

at our Palace at Westminster, the — — day of ^ 17191 and 

in the sixth year of Our reign." 

[Id.] " I, whose name is hereunto subscribed, residing at 

Pontoise, Physician in ordinary to the King, doe hereby certify 

that I have for these several years attended Mrs. Elizabeth 

Widdrington in divers distempers, and particularly for two. 

months the distempers which she has been subject to at 

several times are (amongst others) violent fitts of the apoplexy, 

of the cholick, of vomitting, the feaver ; all which accidents do 

render the said gentlewoman so feeble, that she is not in £i 

condition to undertake the least journey without the hazard of 

her life, and consequently it's deemed that a journey to England 

is not practicable in the present state of her health, which I 

certify to serve the said gentlewoman as far as it's reasonable. 

[Dated at Pontoise this 8th day of May, 1719.] " 

" GaubriN." 

[D. 82.] Dicconson Papers, Petition of Hugh Dicconson, gent., 
to Commissioners. 

** . . . Sheweth that your Petitioner hath entered his 
claime for a remote remainder expectant on the failure of issue 
male of William and Roger Dicconson, his brothers, which 
Roger hath issue a son Edward, now living ; that upon notice 
that your Honours had appointed a time for the hearing of his 
claim he did resolve to be present. But being at Douay, in 
Flanders, was there taken so ill that he cannot undergo a 
journey to London without endangering his life . . . and he 
prays to be excused personal appearance." 

" Edward Dicconson, gent, maketh oath that he . . . being 
in Flanders with his brother Hugh on 13th November last . . . 
did set out for London about 14th November, at which time 
deponent left his brother Hugh dangerously sick in Flanders, 
and wholly unable to travel by reason of his languishing con- 
dition, the Phisitian saying ... it would endanger his life to 
travel." [12th December, 1718.] 


[Id.] "Thomas Carter, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, 

deposes . . . that William Dicconson, late of Wrightington, 
CO. Lane, Esq., was concerned in the Lancashire Plot in 1694, 
but then acquitted. In 1695, or at the time of the assatination 
plot, the said William was convicted of Recusancy. Two years 
afterwards, in 1697, he made the deed of settlement on Mr. 
Roger of all his estate in Lincolnshire. 

" Query : ' Whether that settlement is good, had William a 
tytle to grant, or Roger to take, both being Papists ?' 

"Edward Dicconson, the fourth son of Hugh D. (dec), claims 
. . . a large sume of money of Roger's Lincolnshire estate. . . . 
Edward D. was indicted upon the statutes for taking orders in 
the Church of Roome, and coming and staying in England con- 
trary to the said statute, and outlawed for the same in the years 
1700 or 1701." 

[G. 10.] Gibson Papers. 

Memorandum dated 5th April, 1716, from the Fleet Prison, 
signed by George Gibson, late of Stonecroft, co. Northumber- 
land, and now of London, gent., relative to a farm let on his 
estate ; witnessed by Edward Swinburne. 

[G. 9.] The same, 

"John Armstrong, of Corbridge, co. Northumberland, aged 
46, maketh oath that he has been parish clerke of Corbridge 
upwards of 20 years, and for all that time and long before knew 
Thomas Gibson, late of Stagshaw-Close House, and some time 
of Stonecroft . . . father of George G., who was concerned m 
the late rebellion (which said George , , . this deponent be- 
lieves dyed a prisoner in Newgate, att London), and saith that 
Thomas G. departed this life about the beginning of August 
last . . , and deponent was present and see him buryed in 
Corbridge Parish Church, in the same burying place where one 
of the wives of the said T. G, was formerly buryed. 

" Jur. apud Hexham . . . ist November, 1720." 

[L. 16.] Dorothy Langdale, vrife of Jordan Langdale, Esq. 
(son and heir apparent of Philip L,, of Southcliffe, co. York, 
Esq.), and widow of William Walmesley, late of Lower Hall, 

OF 1715. 121 

CO. Lane, Esq., by her will dated nth January, 1715, and 
proved 21st May, 1718, gave legacies to her brother John 
Dandy and his da. Ellen and to her sisters Jane, the wife of 
James Marsden, and Margaret, wife of Dr. Hesketh. 

[S. 94A.] John Taafte, of Chester, gent., maketh oath, 25th 
July, 1717, that Catherine Massey, sister to the late William 
Massey, of Puddington, co. Chester . . . hath been a nun for 
many years in the Convent of the Poor Clares at Bruges . . . 
that he saw her about 30 years ago in her habit '* shut up 
within y* grates," and that she hath a legacy of ;£^500 under Mr. 
Massey's will . . . and further . . . that Thomas Brockholes, 
a legatee in this will is a Popish Priest, and he has often seen 
him in the reign of the late King James officiate as such in the 
chapel at Whitehall, and was Mr. Massey's confessor at the 
time of his death. 

[Id.] Edward Poole, of Newhall, co. Chester, gent., 
maketh oath that Joseph Gerrard, of Killough, co. Monmouth, 
Esq., under his will of gth April, 1705, devised property to such 
pious uses as John Berington, of Winsley (a professed Papist), 
and Charles Watkins, of the Wayne, co. Monmouth, should 
think fit, and that Charles W. was a priest and often officiated 
at Killough. [22nd October, 1717.] 

[Id.] John Walmisley, jun., of Wigan, says that the rent 
of some land at Hardshaw, co. Lane, settled to superstitious 
uses, is paid to Humphrey Orrell, of Parr, tanner, who is a 
Papist, and only a trustee for that estate ; and further that when 
the rebels surrendered at Preston, he (deponent) and Captain 
Gregg, who lives near Manchester, did pursue and take Robert 
Kellett, servant to Sir Francis Anderton, as he was endeavour- 
ing to make his escape. [3rd November, 1716.] 

[Id.] Richard Hitchmough deposes, 7th October, 1716, that 
he knew Mr. Lawrence Breers, and hath frequently seen him 
officiate as a priest . . . also that his sister, Catherine Breers, 
is a nun in the English Monastery at Gravelines : that Mr. 
Breers has an annuity of ;£'20 out of an estate called Walton 
Hall, near Liverpool, Catherine B. also having a rent charge 


of ;^I2 from some estate which passes at her death to the same 
monastery for ever. 

He also deposes that Mr. Richard Hulme, who now lives 
with the Hon. Richard Molyneux at Much Woolton, is a Bene- 
dictine Monk, whom he has often seen officiate, [7th October, 

[7^.] Ric. HiTCHMoUGH adds further, ist October, 1716, 
that Thomas Young of Blackread, near Wigan, is a secular 
priest, where also he has an estate, on which he built a large 
house and chapel, where he usually had a numerous congrega- 
tion of Papists . . . and that the said Thomas Ypung having 
thereby run himself into debt, at a general meeting of the 
secular clergy at Park Hall in 1708 , . . desired the assembly 
to assist him with ;^ioo out of their common fund. The 
assembly- — at which Hitchmough himself was present — voted 
him the money on condition of his depositing some deeds with 
Mr. Barlow, vicar-general and president of the assembly. 

with I 

[B. 58.] Correspondence relative to Hitchmough. 

Letter of a Commissioner to Rev. Mr. Hitchmough. 

" Sir, — In answer to yours of the 14th, I am ordered to 
acquaint you that you may depend upon the favour as well as 
justice of the Commissioners when the proper time shall come 
to consider of your Reward for the Discoverys which you have 
made, which by the Direction of the Act will be when the estates 
are recovered, until which time they have no power to grant 
such a certificate as you mention." [21st May, 1716.] 

The Commissrs, to the Rt. Hon. the Lord Chancellor. 

" Essex Street, 6th February, 1716-17. 
" My Lord, — We think ourselves in duty to the public 
obliged to recommend to your notice the Rev. Mr. Hitchmough, of 
Liverpoole, in the county of Lancaster, as a proper person to be 
preferred ... to some benefice in your Lordship's gift. He 
formerly was a priest of the Church of Rome, but has left the 
Communion of that Church about five or six years, during which 
time he has lived in extreme poverty and very much persecuted 
by the Papists, upon some occasions even to the hazard of his 
life. He is a man of a good character, and has been hearty and 

OF :71s. 


3I0US in his service to the Pubhc by giving us informafion in 

ition to estates settled to Popish and superstitious uses, . . ." 

This letter failing to awaken the Lord Chancellor to a sense 

Kit his duty, it was followed by another to the same effect, three 

I years later : 

" i6th March, 1719-20. 
"My Lord, — We hope your Lordship will give us leave 
to lay before you the case of Mr. Hitchmough of Preston, formerly 
a Priest . . . but now in the Church of England: he is zealously 
affected to the present government : ... he has a wife and several 
young children and is extremely poor and is still rendred more 
unfortunate by the continual vexation of the adverse party too 
powerfull in those parts : We therefore recommend him to your 
Lordship's favour. . . ." 

This letter, as we know, resulted in the presentation of 

Hitchmough to the living of Whenby, in Yorkshire, in 

November, 1720 (see Eng. Cath. Nonj., p. 343}. The Registers 

of that parish, which appear to be in a tattered and imperfect 

condition, throw no light upon his after career. 

H [B. 58,] The Commissioners to Hugh Dreisdale, Esq., Major 

^^^Regt. of Dragoons, commanded by Sir Charles Hotham. 

^1 "... Information having been laid before us that there are 

^Kvv'o Popish Chappels at Holywell, in the co. of Flint, in which 

^Mre a great quantity of plate and other valuables given to super- 

H^itious uses, we have directed our Precepts to . . . Richard 

Hitchmough, clerk, and . . . [others] to seize and secure the 

same ; and we, adjudging it to be for the service of the Publick 

that our officers should be supported in the execution of the 

said precepts . . . desire you would detach such a number of 

the soldiers under your command for the purpose ... as you 

shall think proper . . . and for so doing, this shall be your 

"Town Hall, Preston, 27th June, 1718." 
[B. 62, p. 44.] Richard Hitchmough, of Garston, co. Lane, 
clerk, saith that Mrs, Mary Egerton, late of Hardshaw Hall, 
near St. Helens, in the township of Windle and p. of 
Prescott, by her will, devised to one Mrs. Mary Cottam the 
estate of Hardshaw Hall, subject to a rent-charge of ^20 per 
annum, to be paid to Mr, John Ince, of Ince Hall, Wigan, in 



trust for the Popish secular clergy, for ever : Deponent hath 
also been informed by Mr. Thomas Golden, now proprietor of 
the said estate, that Humphrey Orrell, living near Parr, ca 
Lane, usually received the rent-charge, and paid the same to 
Mr. Ince for the aforesaid use. [3rd December, 1716.] 

[C. 91.] Letter from Ric. Hitchmough to Francis Foote, 
Esq., one of the Commissioners : 

" Preston, 13th October, 1717. 
"Honoured Sir, — . . . You may perhaps remember 
when I was at London, I told you I should be very glad you would 
solicit my affair as to what belonged to the Commission, and I 
repeat the same now, in case you think and find that the Com- 
mission goes forward, which I am much afraid of: for we have a 
parcel of people in these parts who make it their business since the 
Act of Grace to persuade the world to the contrary, and, indeed, I 
must needs own they vent their assertions with such assurance, 
as though they were absolutely certain it would be as they wish. 
I doubt not but by this time you are able to judge how matters 
will be carryed, and if you would please to favour me so far as 
to impart your thoughts to me upon the receiving of this you 
would much oblige, honoured Sir, 

"Your most humble and obed. Servant, 

" Richard Hitchmough, 

"Turn over. William Sidall, the tenant of Phiswick Hall, 
who, I believe, holds the greater part of that estate, was with 
me the other day, and tells me there is a very honest Pro- 
testant who would gladly be his partner for the whole, if the 
Popish tenant may be turned off, and in case he is not, himself 
must be forced to leave the farm, for he is grown so impudent 
of late, and so much encouraged by Dick Jackson, that there is 
no living with him : he begged of me to represent it to you, and 
begs the favour of your answer." 

[C. 93.] Letter from Henry Wiswall to Rev. Ric. Hitdl* 
mough, at Preston, dated from Ormskirk, 28th June, 1718. 

" Sir, — I spent the greatest part of yesterday to find out the 

person I spoke of who married old Mr. S le's maid, and 

was tenant at Hall B — w^ — afterwards, whilst the old gentle- 
man lived : After I had found him I took him to an alehouse— 

OF 1715. 125 

under pretence of renewing our old acquaintance — and there 
asked my questions as near as I durst for being suspected. I 
will only tell you that he's but a lukewarm Papist, may be 
easily brought to our own shape, and will absolutely answer 
what will be wanted from him. . . . The will which Mr. 

H ^ys must produce is of a priestcraft contrivance. . . . 

[After expressing a hope to have the Hon. Commissioners' 
approval of his proceedings, he adds] :"...! expect ... an 
account this evening of some seculars, regulars, &c., but, I 
doubt, rather irregulars, of whom at our next meeting we shall 
talk, and till then you may depend upon my silence and watch- 
fulness. I write this doubly for fear of a mistake. 

" Your most humble Servant, 

"Henry Wiswall." 

[C. 92.] Richard Hitchmough to the Commissioners, 
" Honoured Sirs, — I cannot avoid troubling your Honours 
with a fatall accident which happened this morning about 11 
a'clock. A violent fire brok out, first in the Barn of one of my 
parishoners at Pool Rice, which immediately set fire to his 
dwelling house ; the man's name is Thomas Dresser, who by 
the judgment of all his neighbour has lost near £200; he was 
at church himself when the accident happened, and when he 
came to his ruined habitation found that he had not a penni- 
worth of goods saved besides his cattle. All his implements of 
husbandry, com, brass, pewters, and all his wearing apparel, in 
a word, all he stood possessed of, were all consumed in the 
violent conflagration in the space of one hour. The design of 
this letter is humbly to supplicate your honours to lay this poor 
sufferer's condition before our next new Lord if he may have 
commiseration on him. The man has been all his life a very 
industrious person and a very good liver, so humbly begging 
your honours' pardon for the trouble of this, I am. Honoured 
Sirs, your honours' most dutiful, most humble and most obed^ 
Servant. Ric. Hitchmough." 

Richard Hitchmough did not long enjoy the living of 
Whenby, the " Bishop's Certificates " for the Arch-diocese of 
York giving 20th April, 1724, as the date of the next presenta- 
tion to the vicarage, then vacant "per mortem naturalem 


Richardi Hitchmough ". This appears to be the only record 
of his death, nor is any trace of him to be found in the probate 
registry either of York or of London. 

The following summary of further depositions by Ric. Hitch- 
mough is also taken from MS. S. 94A. 

R. H. "very well knows Brinhall, near Wigan, now in the 
possession of one Richard Holne, son of John Holne, dec., who 
formerly rented Brinhall, and that monthly the Jesuits of 
this county met at Brinhall to settle their accounts . . . and 
that Mr. Thomas Gerard, a Popish priest, told this deponent 
that the Brinhall estate, worth about ^f 150 a-year was given to 
the . . . English Jesuits by Sir William Gerard, of Garswood, 
bart., to receive the profits of it until the Roman Catholic 
Religion should be re-established in England , . . and de- 
ponent hath been further informed that an inquisition was 
taken at Warrington concerning divers lands given to super- 
stitious uses . . . among which was Brinhall . . . the Record 
of such inquisition now being either in H.M. Court of 
Exchequer at Westminster, or in the Petty Bag Office in the 
Court of Chancery." [31st October, 1716.] 

That Mrs. Jane Johnson, of Crosby, by will, devised ^300 
towards the maintenance and schooling of two youths, viz., 
Edward, son of Edward Molyneux, of Altkar, and Richard 
Smith, son of Mrs. Margaret Smith, who is now the wife of 
Thomas Widdowson, of Bootle . . . the money being paid to 
some Popish College beyond seas to make the said youths 
priests, [ist November, 1716.] 

That an estate at Wolston, in p. of Warrington, worth ;f70 
per annum, and another at Famsworth, in p. of Prescot, worth 
-fiS per annum belongs to the Benedictines, while one called 
Croftsworth, in p. of Winwick, of ^30, belongs to the Jesuits. 

That Mr. Wolfall, of Ormskirk, holds ^^200 for the secular 


That Sir William Gerard, of Garswood, settled ^50 per 
tmnum on the English nuns at Gravelines, besides . . . ^^30 

OF 1715. 127 

annually to his brother Thomas, a Jesuit . . . residing at 

That Lord Molyneux, of Croxteth, settled 3^60 on his son 
William and the English Jesuits, as may appear by the marriage 
settlement of the said lord's eldest son with Mrs. Brudenall, 
which deponent remembers to have seen while chaplain to Lord 

That Robert Molyneux, of Mossborough, gave £10 per 
annum to superstitious uses. 

That John Savage, now Earl Rivers, is a Popish secular 
Priest, and receives ;^500 per annum from James, Earl of 

That Fitchborough Farm, an estate of 3^50 per annum, in 
Bunbury, co. Chester, belongs to the secular clergy. 

That 3^200 per annum out of Painsley, 10 miles from 
Stafford, the estate formerly of Philip Draycot, and a farm 
called Rishton Grange, 2 miles from Newcastle, co. Stafford, 
worth £80 per annum, is settled to the Popish secular clergy at 

That Mr. Whitgreave, of Moseley, besides maintaining a 
priest in his house, gives £30 per annum to like uses. 

That there belongs to the Popish chapel at Wolverhampton 
jf 100 per annum ; Mr. Higgins [Hickin] being temporal trustee. 

That a rent charge of £100 a-year is settled and paid to a 
Popish Bishop named Witham. 

That a rent charge of £200 out of Medesley Manor, 10 miles 
from Drayton, co. Salop, late the estate of . . . Brooks, Esq., 
dec, goes to the Jesuits at St. Omers. 

Finally, that jf 100 a-year from the estate of Lord Faucon- 
berg, at Sutton, in Cheshire, goes to the College at Douay. 
[19th June, 1717.] 



[Id.] " Thomas Fletcher, Esq. of Hutton in the forest, 
CO. Cumberland, deposes, 12th September, 1716, that he knows 
Thomas Roydon, a priest who inhabits a tenement called 
Lewhouse, in p. of Wetherall, co. Cumberland, at a £2^ 
rental, held under the Duke of Portland, and that about four 
years agoe, being in company with the said Roydon, he told this 
deponent that the tenement was his upon trust for the support 
and maintenance of two priests officiating in the northern parts, 
viz., himself and one Lodge, alias Bates. 

" Deponent, who is lord of the manor of Twisleton, in the 
West Riding of York, saith further that about five years ago 
one Columbus Ingleby, Esq., a customary tenant of that 
manor, told deponent that he wished to alienate a customary 
messuage, for that it was not his own, but a trust given to 
superstitious uses. . . . This messuage was conveyed by deed 
to Sir William Gerard, bart. . . . the affair being chiefly 
transacted by one Gilpin, a priest. 

" Further, that Sir Henry Fletcher, bart., after having settled 
his real estates itpon deponent, being his nearest relation in name 
and blood, did go beyond the sea to Douay, in Flanders, and 
some time before he went did show to this deponent what he 
called his church plate, being both gold and silver, there being 
an altar and candlesticks, all of solid silver, and pixes, chalices, 
Beads, crosses, and crucifixes, all of solid gold: the covers of 
mass and other Bookes in gold, and a large circle of gold set 
with large diamonds, in which the consecrated Host was to be 
exposed on solemn days. The said Sir Henry Fletcher like- 
wise showed to this deponent several other valuable pieces of 
plate, all which he told deponent were for the use of a chappie 
he had built at Douay . . . and to the best of deponent's 
knowledge, all the aforesaid pieces of plate might be worth 
-f 1000 or upwards, over and above the said circle of gold set 
with diamonds, which this deponent (being not skilled in 
Jewells) can't set any true value upon. . . . Sir Henry F. left 
all the plate at the house of one Mr. Thomas Hickin, goldsmith 
in Holbom, London, where ... it remained some time after 
Sir Henry went to Douay, and actually was there at the death 
of the late Queen Anne. Sir Henry Fletcher dyed at Douay in 
May, 1712 . . . making Henry Eyre, of Gray's Inn, and 

OF 1715. 129 

Percival Hornsby, of Middlescough, Cumberland, gent., his 
executors . . . the said Eyre and Hickens were entrusted with 
the plate and can give an account of it. . . . That Sir Henry 
dyed very rich and left several small sums of money to the use 
of the said chapel at Douay." 

[B. 58.] Letter to Sir John Eyles, bart., signed by five of the 
ComtnT'' of Enquiry, and dated ^^ Office at Preston, 14th September, 

" Sir, — You have enclosed a copy of part of an information 
laid before us relative to a great quantity of plate, &c., given 
to superstitious uses. . . . You have likewise a warrant to the 
Sheriffs of London and Middlesex to seize the same, which we 
pray your particular care of, and recommend to you to see it 
obeyed in the best manner that may be ; and being appre- 
hensive that Higgins may be unwilling to obey our warrant 
and to prevent the discovery as much as he can of the said 
plate, &c., we have also sent you enclosed a summons for him 
to attend us at Preston to be examined in relation to the same, 
but we would not have this summons served without you see 
an absolute necessity for it, occasioned by his stubborness. . . ." 

The Commissioners certainly lost no time, only five days 
elapsing between the ** information " of Thomas Fletcher, given 
at Preston relative to the plate, and its seizure at the bankers' 
in Holbom, as recorded in Eng. Cath, Nonj., p. 343. 

[F. 16.] Sir John Eyles to the Commissioners. 

" London, i8th September, 1716. 

" Gentlemen, — I instantly upon receipt of your letter yester- 
day went to Sir John Fryer, one of the sheriffs, and served him 
with your precept, and without loss of a moment's time we 
went, together with the under-sheriff, a city officer, and a con- 
stable, to Mr. Higgins, and with as much civility as the nature 
of our errand could admit, acquainted him with our business : 
at which he first seemed surprised and denyed the having such 
things, at last owned he had had them, but that he had 
formerly sent them away to Flanders, or delivered them to 
Sir Harry's order. This not satisfying us, and threatening to 
search his house (where, by the way, I believe, had your 
warrant been more general, we should have found other things 




secreted), the wife, after her husband, being under apprehen- 
sion of some ill consequence to himself, had slipt out of the 
house, produced three boxes which she said belonged to Sir 
Henry Fletcher's executors, and contained all that Mr. 
Higgins had of y^ things mentioned in the warrant. . . . 
Particulars are given in enclosed memorandum. After this 
was done, I told her I expected her husband to give me 
yet further satisfaction as to other things that were wanting, 
or else ... I must serve him with a summons to appear 
at Preston : accordingly he came to-day to the Guildhall 
and told the sheriff and me he had . . . nothing more except 
a tabernacle of silver belonging to y= Altar, which he brought 
with him . . . but the sheriffs thinking themselves not 
authorised to take possession of it ... he took it back again 
, . , promising to deliver it to your order. . . . Thus stands 
the case as to this seizure, which amounts to 212/. 00s. izdvt" 

MSS. F. 6, 9, and 15 complete the story of Sir Henry 
Fletcher, as the following summary will ser\-e to show. An 
elaborate septempartite Indenture, dated 31st October, i7io,sets 
out the settlement of his real estate, which Sir Henry Fletcher, 
of Hutton in the Forest, co. Cumberland, made upon his kinsman, 
Thomas Fletcher of Moresby, Esq., previous to his setting out for 
Douay, one party to the indenture being Catherine, a sister of Sir 
Henry, andthewife of Lionel Vane, of LongNewton, co, Durham. 

[F. 15.] Sir Henry, by will dated loth May, 1712, left 
several small legacies to his nephews arid nieces, George, 
Henry, Walter, Lionel, Elizabeth, Alice, Catherine, and Mary 
Vane, and to Margaret, Alice, Mary, and Lucy Bowes : to his 
cousins, Thomas Fletcher, of Hutton, and Harry, son of John 
Fletcher, as also to Marcus Fletcher, Mrs., Dorothy Herron, 
Charles Grimstone, his servant ; Mr. Massey, of Puddington, 
and to Thomas Hickins, the "goldsmith in Gray's Inn," his 
executors and residuary legatees being his " trusty servant," 
Percival Hornsby and Henry Eyre, of Gray's Inn. 

But on the same day he also executed a secret codicil, just 
as Catherine Winford did, and of which the following is a 
summary : — 
" To the English Rector at Douay, with the obligation of 

saying 800 masses for my soul, .... ;Cl09 

OF 1715. 131 

To the same, for beautifying the church, . . . jf 100 
To the English Colledge near St. James* Church in 

Douay, with the same obligation for 400 masses, . 50 
To the English Benedictine Monks at Douay, for 400 

masses, 50 

To'the Scotch Jesuits at Douay, with the same obligation 

for 400 masses, 50 

To the English Poor Clares in Ayre, . . . . 100 
To the Bishop of Arras, to be disposed of to the poor of 

his diocese, 400 

" I leave to the Church of the English Recollets in Douay 
all my church plate, both of gold and of silver, and what are 
sett with diamonds, to be putt up att our Blessed Lady's Altar : 
to them alsoe I leave my church vestments : I give to the afore- 
said Rector my two large silver payles I used to sett my bottles 
in, and which are in one of the boxes att Mr. Hickins', gold- 
smith, wherein is my table pUte, to make, with my other church 
plate, two Holy Water Potts for their church in Douay . . . also 
my two ffyne pictures with silver frames, one whereof is of our 
Blessed Saviour, to be putt up in their church ... I give unto the 
Bishop of Arras my gold watch and chaine for himself ... and 
I ordain this present writing . . . to stand in as full force and power 
as if it had been inserted in the body of my will,** {loth May, 

Previously to this, however. Sir Henry F. wrote to his 
solicitor, Henry Eyre, of Gray's Inn, under date 23rd August, 
1711 :"...! also desire that my Little Red Box that has in it 
my prayer book with the gold cover, my gold Beads, a gold 
medal, 2 gold crosses, one having a diamond crown and the 
other a gold crown, gold Holy Water bottle, silver relick case, 
silver repeating watch, p"^- of Beads of Blood Stones, with a 
silver cross with silver medals : a silver cross with a silver 
crown : [my gold cross with a diamond crown has a gold chain 
to it], all which are in the custody of Mr. Hickins, the gold- 
smith, iand that I desire may be sent to the English Recollets 
at Douay, in Flanders, that am, 

*' Sir, 
" Your obliged & humble Servant, 

"Henry Fletcher." 


On the other side of foregoing MS. is " Mr. Charles Grim- 
stone's receipt ": "... Received of Thomas Hickins one gold 
basin & cruetts ; one gold spoone : one gold chaHce and Patin, 
and one Black Vestment of Velvet " [together with the plate 
named in the letter] ; Exam. Thomas Pensm. [See Eng. Cath. 
Nonj,, p. 219, as also his will.] 

Another paper, enumerates among the " plate seized a little 
box for frankinsence, a large silver lamp, thurible, and bread 
box, all which things are delivered as belonging to the Altar." 
[17th September, 1716.] 

After this a couple of Jews " valued the plate " at 
^£'83 1 15s. gd., the silver tabernacle weighing upwards of thirty 
pounds, the silver being estimated at 5s. per oz., with the ex- 
ception of the " Glory silver gilt with diamonds," the silver of 
which, weighing 310^. lydwi., at 4s. 6d. per oz., was valued at 
;^49, or the whole at £^6. 

Percival Homsby also deposes, 17th April "... that 

the original directions of Sir Henry F. to his executors are 
in the hands of Mr. Bruno Cantril, a Romish priest now at 
Douay . . . that none of the legacies were paid except the 
watch and chain to the Bishop of Arras . . . that there were 2 
notes due from Mr Hickin, the goldsmith ... to Sir Henry F. 
in the hands of Mr. Nicholas Fortescue, a Romish priest who 
lately lodged next door to Mr Hickin. . . . Deponent can't 
take upon hira to say that Nicholas Fortescue is an Agent of 
the College of Douay, but confesses that he has seen him 

Thomas Fletcher also further deposes, at Preston, nth 
October, 1716, "that he knows George Carter, of Castlesteeds, 
Thomas Wytham, of Workington, and Thomas Warwick, of 
Warwick ... all to be Popish Priests of the Benedictine 
Order, and believes those priests know of lands settled to 
superstitious uses, particularly an annuity settled by the Lady 
Mary RatcHffe, at Whenby, in Yorkshire, and several other 
lands to the same use . *. . and that there now lives at Corby, 
in Cumberland, one Sherbum, a reputed priest, whom deponent 
has heard hath some great office or dignity in the Church o£ , 

OF 1715. 133 

Rome, and that he is concerned in the Revenues of Benedictine 
Colleges at Douay and Paris." 

Three years later, i.^., on 19th January, 1719, Thomas 
Fletcher, in ironical gratitude to the memory of his cousin Sir 
Henry, to whose munificence he was indebted for every inch of 
the estate he then held, presented "a Memorial to the Commis- 
sioners," reminding them of his "depositions . . . that the 
Plate had been seized and sold, and your Memorialist has received 
his share, for which he returns humble and hearty thanks, and hopes 
he is also entitled to his share of the money bequeathed by Sir Henry 
Fletcher's codicil " / 

The next design, however, of the Commissioners, was to rob 
the poor of the money bequeathed them under Sir Henry's will 
but before doing so they thought it best to take counsel's opinion, 
and therefore submitted the following case to Sir Edward Nor- 
they, on nth April, 1720. With what result will presently appear. 

"Sir Henry Fletcher being possessed of considerable personal 
estate in England and Flanders, and residing at Douay, makes 
his will, and after several legacies devises his residuary estate 
to his executors . . . but by a codicil, among other legacies, 
devises ^^400 to the poor in the diocese of the Bishop of Arras. 
Sir Henry dyed at Douay, in 1712. 

"(2y.; Whether the said 3^400 ... is to be construed super- 
stitious within the statute against superstitious uses ? 

" Reply : I am of opinion the devise to the Bishop of Arras 
of 3^400 to the poor ... is a good. Christian, charitable, and 
not a superstitious use, for although the Bishop be a Papist, he 
is only a trustee, and it will be the same as if the trustee were 
a Protestant ; and although Arras be in a Popish country, yet 
it was never thought that giving to the poor in such country 
was superstition, for the poor of all persuasions are objects of 
Christian charity, and even in the Stat, i E. 6, cap. 14, which 
gave to the king all chantreys and destroyed all superstitious 
uses being at that time, takes notice in the preamble, that what 
was so given might have been given to godly uses, among which 
one is for maintenance of the poor, and this charity is encouraged 
by the Stat. 43 Eliz., cap. 4, and it's plain this is neither a 
Popish nor a superstitious use." 



As to the costly Altar plate, the last scene of this somewhat 
eventful drama is laid in an auction room, as appears hy a paper 
endorsed "Sale of the Altar Plate — 12th March, 1716-17," and 
of which the following is an exact copy. 

" Genteilemen, — You have here exposed to sale by the 
Hon. the Commissioners of Inquiry ... an altar of Massey 
Silver : 6 large candlesticks : a mass book with silver cover : a 
silver Tabernacle : a silver book cover : a silver crucifix and 
. ■ . church plate of Z31/. 402. i^dwt., together vfith a gold 
chalice weighing lib. 8oz. i^dwt., and a silver glory gilt and set 
with large diamonds, 

" Genteilemen, — The method of this sale is by auction to the 
highest bidder, and the goods are put up altogether at jfSoo 
only: no less than 30s. to be advanced on each bidding: the 
money to be paid into the exchequer within 7 days after sale. 
and upon certificate for the same the goods to be delivered to 
the buyer." 

The auction must have been a " Dutch " one, for in another 
handwriting is added the following : " Mr. John Bland, of 
Lombard Street, bought the same at one hundred and three 
pounds biding. 

"Vouched: Jno. Mansergh," 
Or more probably the purchaser gave £103 in excess of the 
original ;f8oo. 

Thus ends this melancholy story. It does not appear that 
Sir Henry Fletcher entered Religion. No doubt, however, had 
his life been spared, the priesthood was his intention. Dodd 
merely says of him (iii. 452), that " he was educated a member 
of the Church of England, and lived many years in that pro- 
fession. At last he became a Catholic, and, leaving Kngland, 
retired to Douay, where he fitted himself up a small apartment 
joining to the Convent of the English Franciscans, and died 
there. May ig, 1712, in the 54th year of his age, having 
before built a noble church for the use of those religious 

Burke, in his Extinct Baronetcies, says that " Sir Henry lies 
buried at Douay, in a magnificent Chapel which he built for 
the Community at his own expense, and that with him the 
Baronetcy expired. At his demise, his sisters, as heirs-at-Iaw, 

OF 1715. 135 

prosecuted their title to the whole estate, but after much liti- 
gation it was agreed that Thomas Fletcher, of Moresby, should 
enjoy the . . . Hutton estate for his life, and if he died without 
issue, then Henry Fletcher Vane, Esq., should inherit the 
whole property. Mr. Fletcher, of Moresby, did die s. p., and 
the estates passed to the Vane family." 

[7^.] A letter signed by all the Commissioners and addressed to 
the Lords of the Treasury. 

" Speaker's Chambers, 

" 2ist August, 1716. 

" My Lords, We are obliged again to trouble you with a com- 
plaint against the Fees demanded at the Exchequer, and to 
beg your Lordships' immediate interposition. We lately 
ordered one Salter to pay into the Exchequer £2 12s. 6i., 
which money he had in his hands belonging to Ralph Standish, 
Esq., who stands attainted of High Treason. He informs us 
that the fees demanded for his paying this money amounts to 
I2S. (>d. If a stop be not put to such demands, the Public 
will be in a great measure deprived of the Benefit intended." 

[7^.] The same to the same. 

'* Essex Street, 31st January, 1716-17. 

" My Lords, Your letter directed to us at Preston came not 
to our hands till our coming to town. In obedience to your 
Lordships' commands, we have considered the Paper intituled 
Proposals humbly offered in behalf of the poor Prisoners and 
others now under an attainder of High Treason, and are of 
opinion therein proposed can't possibly raise so much money 
for the benefit of the Publick as will be by sale of the 
estates, when the Parliament shall think fit to expose them : 
and we likewise are of opinion that this proposal sets the Roman 
Catholic Interest very near in as good a condition as before the 
Rebellion : whereas if they are divested of their estates, and Pro- 
testants succeed, the Roman Catholic Interest in those Northern 
Counties must be intirely ruined : this project seems so intirely im- 
peachable ' and unreaso7iable that we are of opinion it deserves no 
further consideration,'' 


[B. 99.] Papers concerning the Breers family. 
Robert Breers, of Wigan, gent., in his will dated 22iid 
April, 1708, names as joint executors "Elizabeth, my now 
wife," Thomas Hesketh and Christopher Gradwell, and, refer- 
ring to an indenture dated 13th May, 1707, mentions " Koger, 
my son and heir, with Bridget, his wife": there are legacies 
also to his son Thomas and his cousin Perpetua Wilkinson. 
Attached to the will is a paper giving the following note: "A 
true account of your children's age, as follows : 

" Thomas Breers was born i6th September, 1692. 
" Bridget „ ,, 15th February, 1693. 

" Mary ,, „ ist February, 1696. 

" Margery ,, ,, 25th December, 1698. 

" This is all with our humble service to yourself and family : 
" I rest, 

" Yours to command, 

"John Shepherd." 

[B. 143.] Miscell. Papers relating to the Butler family. Henry 
Butler to the Commissioners of, &c. 

" 19th July, 1717. 

" May it please your Honours : 

"That I, Henry Butler, Esq., late of Rawcliffe, 
CO. Lane, but now of Castletowne, in the Isle of Man, about 8 
years since being very much indebted and desirous to dischai^e 
the same as far as I could and to make provision for my younger 
children, did convey all my estate to Richard Butler, my son, who, 
being an inconsiderate, rash young man, did engage himselfe in 
the late horrid rebellion, for which he was tryed and executed. 

" Reserving only £60 a-year for maintenance of my wife 
and self . . . and my son having forfeited the estate, which is 
now in the hands of y' Government, the tenants and receivor 
of Forfeited estates refuse to pay me my Annuity for want of 
an order from your Honours . . . which I humbly beg your 
Honours will please to grant to the said receivor to prevent 
mine and my wife's being starved for want of food and raiment. 
We having no other dependance or livelihood in the world 
besides the said annuity, and we being both well-stricken in 
years, are altogether incapable of any means to assist ourselves. 

OF 17:5. 


■.and must inevitably perish if not relieved by your Honours. 
■ In which deplorable condition I humbly beseech your Honours' 
f early order for payment of my said annuity to prevent our 
I destruction, and Mr. Elstob being now gone into Yorkshire, I 
Lintreat your Honours will signify your pleasure to Mr. Whalley, 
l-of Preston." 

[Id.] "The widow of Mr. Ric. Butler, uncle and heir-male 
to deceased Ric. Butler, of Rawcliffe, convict for late rebellion, 
humbly proposes to become farmer of his estate in behalf of her 
two infant sonns, who she offers to be educated Protestants, by Mr. 
Cawthorn, of Wyersdale, and that he for their use may be the 
farmer: he is well affected to his Majestic, and is very solvent 
and responsable. 21st June, 1717-" 

[/(?.] Thomas Fletcher's information and observations on claims 
en the estates 0/ Richard Butler. 

"i2th July, 1718." 

He examines the grounds and pretexts upon which various 
parties have laid claim to the estates, among whom are 
"Henry Curwen, Esq., whose claim," he says, "is void, he 
being a Popish Recusant Convict". 

"Mary Butler "—another claimant — "then was and now 
is a Papist. . . ." He continues as follows : 

" In the reign of King James H., the ancestor to the late 
Earl of Derwentwater gave a rent-charge of ^20 per annum 
upon the lands of Castlerigg and Derwentwater for y^ main- 
tenance of a Popish priest to reside there, but after some time, 
the Papists being quite extinct in those places, the fund was 
removed and paid to a priest of the Benedictine order residing 
at Whenby, in Yorkshire. The priest who last resided at 
Whenby was one John Potts, a Benedictine Monk. 

" About the year 1709, Thomas Salkeld, of Whitehall, Thomas 
Howard, of Corby, John Warwick, of Warwick, and Thomas 
Fletcher, then of Moresby, co. Cumberland, Esqs., petitioned the 
late Lord Derwentwater to have the sum of ^20 per annum 
restored to a priest residing in Cumberland, which was granted, 
but the petitioners not agreeing among themselves, and some 
disputes hapning between the secular and regular clergy, the 



Cumberland project failed, and the £20 was paid to the monk 
att Whenby," 

[From this it is evident that Thomas Fletcher, the donee of 
the estate of Sir Henry Fletcher, was an apostate, and that Sir 
. Henry Hoghton was correct in describing him as " formerly a 

[Id.] Thomas Fletcher to the Commissioners of Enquiry at 

" igth September, 1716. 

" . . . If your honours will favour me so far as to send me 
some assistance, I'll be master of what's in these two countys 
in a fortnight's time, for the tennants will do everything as I 
direct them. . . . Mr. Slaughter, or whoever is sent to me, must 
take his road by Kendal, from thence to Keswick, where my 
Lord Derwentwafer's estates lye, and come to the Royal Oak 
Inn, where he will either find me or hear of me. ... If your 
Secretary writes to me at Huttmi, near Penrith, in Cumberland, it 
will come safe." 

[/rf.] Petition of Mary Butler, of Workingtoji, co. Cumberland, 
widow of Ric. B., of Rawcliffe. 

" Sheweth, that a summons was served upon her, 3rd 
November, 1718, at Workington, to attend on the 13th of 
same month at Essex House, London, 240 miles distant: 
prays not to appear before 5th December, because of the short- 
ness of the notice, and by reason of the great distance she and 
her witnesses live from one another and from London." The 
Commissioners fixed the 8th December for her appearance 
before them. 

[B. 144.] I2th July, 1718. Petition of Thotnas Foster, of 
Barnardcastle, co. Durham, to Commissioners of, &c. 

" Sheweth, that Petitioner intermarried with Catherine 
Butler, who has a claim now depending . . . touching her 
fortune . . . chargeable upon the estate late belonging to 
Richard Butler, of Rawcliffe, who was attainted of high treason 
. . . and that her fortune, with some arrears of interest 
which Ric. B. was obliged to pay, is still due and owing to 

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her and petitioner . . . claims to have his case heard this 

One, Thomas Backhouse, also presented a petition claiming 
the estate of Ric. Butler. 

[Id.] Memorial of James Butler, an infant, set. 14, eldest 
son of Richard B., late of Scorton, co. Lane, gent., dec, who 
was 2nd son of Richard B., of Rawcliffe, Esq., dec. " Sheweth, 
that his grandfather, Richard B., was tenant for life, and that 
Henry B. (yet living), as his eldest son, was entitled to the 
remainder in fee tail of the several manors of Out-Rawcliife : 
Refers to marriage articles dated 13th December, 1683, of 
Henry B. and Magdalen, da. of John Girlington, Esq. Sheweth, 
that Heniy B. had issue Richard, his eldest son (who attained 
his majority and d. s. p. in 1716), and Nicholas, his 2nd son, 
who died a minor and unmarried, and that Memorialist is not 
only entitled as next heir in tail to the estates, but is also a 
Protestant, the others who preceded in the limitations being 
Papists: prays, therefore,' to enter his claim to the estates." 

[Id.] The petition of John Mandeville to Com"- 
" Sheweth, that Francis Butler, late of the City of London, 
gent., dec, who was in his lifetime a Papist, by his will devised 
several lands, &c., to [his sister] Mary B., a Papist and Abbess 
of a convent in Flanders, in prejudice to your Petitioner (who 
is next male relation), on account of your petitioner being a 
Protestant." Petitioner, in 1718, "made a discovery" to the 
Comm"^- of these premises as being "left to superstitious 
uses ..." Prays them to prosecute s*^ discovery . . . and 
grant him his reward. 

[W. 12.] William Walmesley, Esq. of Lower Hall, 
Samlesbury, under his will dated 15th September, 1712, and 
proved by Dorothy, his widow, 3rd January, 1712-13, gave 
legacies to his cousin Elizabeth, da. of Richard Walmesley, of 
Preston, to his " present wife's sister " Margaret Dandy, and 
her sister Jane Marsden : to his good friend and agent Mr. 



William Hayhcrst, of Preston, and his sister, Anne Hodginson 
[Hodgltinson ?], as also to her da. Helen Eaves. 

[W. 10.] Deposition of one who states, 20th November, 
1716, that 10 years ago he rented an estate called Longlane 
Head, in Clayton, co. Lane., of Ric. Walmesley, of Preston, 
whose son Thomas, outlawed for high treason, married a da. of 
Colegrave, of Bloomsbury Square, London. 


z3rd October, 1716. "Jane, wife of Richard Worthing- 
TON, of Blainscoe, co. Lane, Esq. , . . saith that she has 
been married ... 11 or 12 years, and found her husband 
encumbered with a mortgage for j^'goo, which was assigned to 
Jeoffrey Prescot, of Preston, and Mr. John Heskin, of Wrighting- 
ton, in trust for Mr. John Gillibrand, of Chorley, and that the 
mortgagees remitted to him a great part of the interest, but Mr. 
Gillibrand persuaded her husband to advance £150, and take 
it up from him for one ,or more of the said Worthing! oil's 
children by a former wife ... to place one of them, a 
daughter, in a Religious House or Nunnery at Louvain. 

" £']Q0 of the original mortgage was for maintaining certain 
Popish priests; and though the mortgage was some seven years 
since in pretence assigned to one Thomas Payne, a goldsmith 
in London, yet the interest was applyed to the s^ priests. . . . 
;^400 of the original mortgage was a gift from her husband's 
uncle, one Richard Worthington, for the maintenance of a 
scholar in the Popish seminary . . . and several such scholai-s 
were maintained thereby. 

[/rf.] 7th March, 1716. " Nathaniel Pearse and John 
Mathews, goldsmiths in Lombard Street . . . depose that at 
the request of Gerard Saltmarsh, Thomas Yaxley, John 
Browne, and John Gillibrand, they, about and February, 1713, 
assigned a mortgage on the estate of Richard Worthington, to 
Jeoffrey Prescot and Thomas Heskin, but that they never 
received any money from any person on account of such assign- 
ment. . . . Deponents say this mortgage came into their hands 
as executors to Mr. Payne, late of [Lombard Street] London, 

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goldsmith, who was trustee for one Mr. Job AUibone, de- 

[B. 70 and B. 74.] Two MSS., being the " Register of the 
appointment of the various officers employed in the administra- 
tion of the Forfeited Estates," together with their yearly 
salaries. Each of the seven Commissioners received jf 1000 a- 
year, the salary of the minor officers varying from 3^300 to as 
low as 3^40 per annum, one and all having any expenses defrayed. 
The following items of expenditure are from Chambers 
Slaughter's accounts : 
A gratuity for his services to Thomas Fletcher, 

Esq., ;f2i 10 

A gratuity for his services to Rev. Mr. Hitchmough, 576 
19th June, 1717 „ „ „ 500 

20th April, 1718, to Mr. Serj^- Pengelly, a retaining 

fee, 10 10 o 

15th July, 1718, to Thomas Fletcher, Esq., . . 27 12 6 
29th July, 1718, to Mr. Hitchmough, . . . 10 o o 
22nd October, 1718, to John Cosens, for work done 

per himself and his son, . . • . 42 o o 
i6th January, 1718-19, to the same in full for him- 
self and his son for abstracting the Registry, 21 o o 
28th January, 1718-19, William Moore, Esq., Coun- 
sel's fees, 10 10 o 

The entries relative to John Cosin are of interest, "the 
abstracting of the Registry" being evidently the "work done," 
which in 1745, appeared as " Names of the Roman Catholics, 
Nonjurors," &c. James Cosin is wrong in describing his father 
as "Secretary to the Hon. Commissioners". The Secretary 
was Arthur Branthwait, Esq., whose appointment dates from 
24th June, 1716, "at a salary of 3^300 per annum". The 
name of John Cosin nowhere occurs among those of the officers 
appointed ; he was in all probability merely clerk or tran- 
scriber to Chambers Slaughter, the Accountant General, and 
indeed is so described on the title page of the original edition. 


The Petition of Anne, widow of Nicholas Thornton, of 
Netherwitton, co, Northumb. 



" Sheweth, that she having entered her claim upon the estate, 
late of John Thornton, her son, for her dower appointed to be 
heard to-morrow, and having entrusted her case to Mr. 
Errington, of Gray's Inn . . , who being unexpectedly 
obliged to go into the country about affairs of his own, 
and having in his custody several papers of hers without 
which she cannot instruct her coQnsell, prays to have her case 

[Id.] Her son John, also prays the Commissioners to " post- 
pone the day for hearing his claim on behalf of his wife," on 
the ground that he had to go into Northumberland to gather 
up his writings, which were in several places dispersed, and 
which he had with great difficulty found and brought to London, 
the abstract of them having still to be made. 

[B. 60 and T. 26.] Lastly, Margaret Ramsay, of Stanton, 
in the p, of Horsley, co. Northumb., deposeth, Z3rd Novem- 
ber, 1716, that she has in her custody two beds, one of green 
cloth and the other of fine lemmon-coloured camblett, an easy 
chair, a sett of chairs to each bed, a black glass and table, 
another very good glass, an easy chair of patchwork, several 
cutts in frames, another large looking-glass cut in the frame, 
and a tea-table, all which goods she believes were late the 
goods of Mr. Thornton, and prays to have a fourth part for that 
discovery. A couple of years later, hearing that these goods 
had been sold by the Commissioners for £27 15s., she 
again clamours, 13th March, 1718, for her fourth part of 
the spoil. Very likely she was some servant or dependant of 
Mr. Thornton's. 


"Charles Tancred, of Covent Garden, draper, sworn this 
i8th May, 1721, saith that he knew Dr. Riddell, dec, and was 
one of his executors, but refused to take execution : hath heard 
the will read, but hath no copy thereof: believes he died worth 
^^1300, and that he left a son who is since dead ; does not 
know where George Riddell lives, but that he is reputed a 
monk, and was by the will to have the residue after some 

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legacies, but whether it was to be applied to any pious uses, 
deponent doth not know and hath not heard." 

[Id.] "The Petition of Edward Riddell, Esq., to the 
Commiss„. Sheweth, that a summons to attend them on 2nd 
December next at Essex house, London, relative to a Mortgage 
made by his father Thomas Riddell to Francis, ist lord 
Derwentwater, was served on him a few days ago at his house, 
230 miles from London, but by reason of his ill health, the 
great distance from London, the unfit season for travelling, 
and the short notice, he cannot possibly be present, and prays 
to have his attendance postponed for six weeks." 

[R. 23.] Report of William Moore relative to Dr. Thomas 
Riddell, 28th April, 1720. 

"The Master of References {i.e.. Will. Moore) thinks it 
his duty to lay before the Board that he hath been informed by 
a person, who for some reasons desires his name may be at present 
concealed {tho* he hopes hereafter to have the benefit of his discovery), 
that under indenture dated 25th April, 1693, Thomas Riddell, 
of Swinburne Castle, and Edward, his eldest son, conveyed 
divers manors ... of considerable value to Jasper Hall and 
Thomas Beadnel . . . that the marriage settlement of Edward 
Riddell with Dorothy, da. of Robert Dalton, Esq., bears same 
date, &c., and that the issue by this marriage was Thomas R., 
eldest son, who stands attainted of high treason. . . ." Gives 
details concerning the Mortgage of ^^4000 of Lord Derwent- 
water upon the Riddell estate, &c. 


" The Petition of Dame Mary Swinburne on behalf of her 
son Sir John S., a minor. 

" Sheweth, that she hath been informed that the estate late 
of Edward S., Esq., dec, is to be sold for the use of the Public, 
and that certain lands called the Deanhams are included in 
the sale, which lands are not his, but belong to her son and his 


[S. no.] "The Petition of Sir John Swinburne and of 



Edward Ward, of Morpeth, co. Northumb., gent., his solicitor 
to Com"' 

" Sheweth, that your Petitioner being at the time of the late 
Rebellion and for three years afterwards a minor and beyond 
the seas, and being at his return from his travels abroad in- 
formed that your Honours had caused the estate of Old and 
New Deanham, co. Northumb., to be seized and sold as the 
estate of your Petitioner's uncle Edward Swinburne, and beings 
advised that your petitioner has a legal title to those estates, 
he, acting by counsel's advice, brought ejectments for the said 
premises. Pef' tried his cause at last Northumberland assises, 
but not having made his claim according to Act of Parliament 
before your Honours, was non-suited. . . . 

" Edward Ward, the other petitioner, hopes he has not in- 
curred the displeasure of the Commissioners by acting as a 
solicitor on behalf of his client Sir John Swinburne, having for 
many years been concerned for the said Sir John's family. 

" Both pray to be excused attending on 15th November be- 
fore the Commissioners on account of the expense, troubles, 
and charges Sir John S. has been at." 


" nth December, 1716. Thomas Rishton, of Green Gore, 

CO. Lane, gent., saith that Ric. Shirbum, late of Preston, co. 
Lane, gent., outlawed for high treason, was seized of an estate 
called Bayley Hall, in the hamlet of Bayley and p. of Mitton, 
and that the said Ric. Shirburn made his escape from Preston 
after the battle there, and, it is pretended, conveyed his estate 
after his escape to one William Cromblehome, to prevent its 
forfeiture . . . and that an estate called Stidd, in the town of 
Dutton and parish of Ribchester, belongs to John, younger 
brother of Ric. Sherburne . . . and prays the benefit allowed 
by Act of Parliament for his discovery. 

[Id.'\ The information of Nathan Marsh, of Preston, co. Lane., 
flax-dresser, ist January, 1715-16. 

Informant saith that, on Thursday evening, loth November 
last, he being at the house of one, John Wareing, at Bayley, in 
said CO., John Wareing, together with William Scott, came 

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home to John Wareing's house and lighted off their horses, 
and when they came into y* house, J. \V. said to this purpose, 
" Damn yee, who is he that says against King James ; if I 
knew that there was, I would sacrifice y""- . . . Deponent 
further saith that he was present at a place called Dutton Lee, 
CO. Lane, about Michaelmas last, when the said John Wareing 
drunke the Pretender's health, by the name and title of King 
James the third of England and eighth of Scotland, and . . . 
on Friday evening, nth November last, he heard that a great 
company of the rebels from Preston were gone to Stonyhurst, 
y^ seate of Sir Nicholas Sherburne, to fetch him into y^ Rebells 
at Preston, and otherwise to bring away his horses and arms, 
and the next morning . . . this Informant being nigh a house 
called Tinckler-feild House, near Stonyhurst, saw 17 or 18 
persons on horseback, with each a gunn, and . , , that John 
Wareing told him the said company had brought away eight 
guns with them from Sir Nic. Sherburne's, and a sackend full 
of pistols. Informant saw 7 or 8 guns and a blunderbuss 
which these persons had (who were said to have been at Stony- 
hurst), and four coach horses or mares which they ridd upon, 
and which belonged to Sir Nic. Sherburne. 

John Mason, of the p. of St. Sepulchre, City of London, 
mason, saith : " That, he being employed in Sir Nic. Sherburne's 
of Stonyhurst business for many years . . . happened to be at 
Stonyhurst on Thursday evening, loth November, when 
William Scott and John Wareing came thither, Scott being 
armed with a gunn and a bayonet fixed on the end of it, who, 
seeing informant in the kitchen, went away, and he saw them 
no more that night. Next morning Scott came to this informant, 
held a hanger over him, and asked him who he was for, to which 
Informant answered he was for the King and the Church, and, 
in a little time afterwards, went away . . . and about 7 or 8 
o'clock that evening came again and runn at the gates, where- 
upon, informant went to Mr, Kempe, Sir Nic. Sherburne's 
steward, and acquainted him of it, who ordered informant to 
open the gates, which he did, and Mr. Kempe having dis- 
coursed with, him a little, he went away. A quarter of an hour 
afterwards, one Mr, John Talbot and two other gentlemen with 


him . . . came to the gates and rung . . . and Mr. Kempe 
ordered them to be let in, and brought them to the foot of the 
dining-room stairs, where they went up. ... In a quarter of 
an hour afterwards, William Scott and 20 other persons, all 
armed with swords and guns, came to y° gates and rung . . . 
and Mr. Kempe went with informant to y" gates and ordered 
them to be opened, whereupon William Scott ledd them all up 
into the hall, where they laid bye their arms, and Scott called 
for meat and drinke for them. After supper was over, Scott 
came to informant to borrow a lead pann and some lead, which 
this informant refused to let him have ; he went to. Mr. Kempe. 
who came shortly afterwards and ordered informant to let him 
have both the pann and some lead, which he did, the lead 
weighing about 20 lb. What use Scott made of the pann and 
lead, informant knows not, but believes it was to make bullets. 
A little time afterwards, informant went to bedd, and about 7 
o'clock next morning saw Mr. John Talbot and the two gentle- 
men that came with him with William Scott and the others, all 
mounted on horseback and armed, going away, and that they 
took with them four of Sir Nic. Sherburne's coach horses, 
which were delivered them by his servants." 

Jurat, apud, Liverpool, no date, but probably September, 
1716, the date of another deposition on the same sheet. 

\Id.'\ The information of Thomas Watson, constable, of 
Aighton, Bayley, and Chaidgley, and James Eastham, of the 
said town, taylor, taken on oath before Sir Henry Hoghton, 9th 
January, 1715-16. Thomas Watson saith that he having a 
warrant from Sir Henry Hoghton and Thomas Molyneux, 
Esq., dated 21st December last, to apprehend and seize John 
Wareing and William Scott, who was formerly a servant to Sir 
Nic. Sherburne . . . and having reason to suspect that William 
Scott was then at Stonyhurst ... he had got near 20 men of 
his township to search for y" said rebels, and on Tuesday, 27th 
December last, Informant with his company went about 8 
o'clock in the evening to the Stonyhurst to search for Scott, but 
was refused entrance into the house by Mr. George Kcmpei 
steward to Sir Nic. Sherburne. Informant told Mr. Kempe he 
had a warrant to search the house, on which Mr. Kempe weoit ■ 

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away into the house and staid about a quarter of an hour (as 
this informant apprehends to acquaint his master), and at his 
return again refused him entrance. Informant further saith 
that the house is very strong, having a greate paire of iron gates 
to the front, and a paire of wooden gates on the back of . . . 
[MS. defective] . . . iron gates. James Eastham says he was 
charged by the constable to go with him to his assistance, and 
that he went with him to the Stonyhurst, and that Mr. Kempe 
refused him entrance when he demanded it in the King's 

[Id.] gth January, 1715-16. Robert Barrett, of Aighton, 
Bayley, and Chaidgley, taylor, saith that on Thursday, 17th 
November, one Richard Sheppard, alias Gudgeon, a post-boy 
for Sir Nic. Sherburne, came to informant's master's house, and 
informant asked Sheppard how many Bullets was cast at ye 
Stonyhurst ... for he said he had heard there was a bushell 
cast there for the service of the rebells. . . . Whereupon Shep- 
pard told informant there was not so many, for Mr. Mason 
would but give them one pann full of lead to make into Bullets 
. . . and that there was above 30 of y* Rebells at Stonyhurst, 
the Friday at night before the action at Preston. 

[C. 88.] The petition of William Halliwell, gent, to the Com- 

" Sheweth, that your petitioner hath, together with Christo- 
pher Graddell, entered their claims for the lands called Roun- 
head, in co. Lane, which is included in their trust deed, your 
Petif- having been a considerable time in town with one of the 
witnesses at the greait charge of the trust estate, and cannot 
stay much longer without great prejudice and inconveniency. 
Prays for a day to be appointed for the hearing of his claim." 

[C. 89.] Petition of Edward Shaftoe to the Commissioners. 

" Sheweth that your Petitioner hath maide itt his outmost 
indeavours to serve the Government in giving y'- Honers 
severell informations : the last given is a mortgadge belonging 
to my Lord Derwentwater, upon the manner or Lordshipe of 
Swinburne Casstell, in y* co. of Northumby, by which I have 
gained the displeassure and mallice of all my ffriends and 




Relations, who hath no pity or compashtion on my deplorable 
sircumstances, corapells me to addres your Honers for som 
releafe, for being here attending your Honeres determanation 
neare six yeares, I am reduced to great want now in my olde 
Adge, being in August next 75 yeares, I humbly beseech your 
Honers to consider my deplorable case and assist me in some 
messure y'* I may have som Releafe." 

This Edward Shaftoe, who seems to have incurred the 
indignation and contempt of his Catholic relatives, which he 
justly merited, was probably one of the Shaftoes, of Bavington, 
although MS. S. 21 describes him as, "of y' parish of St. 
Catherine, near y^ Tower, London". MS. S. 20 pictures him 
as clamorous for his " reward " as the first " informer " relative 
to the estate of John Shaftoe, of Bavington, which however the 
Commissioners denied, and a little later (S. 21) he offers to 
rent of the Commissioners the mansion house and lands of 
William Shaftoe, in Little Bavington, provided he can have 
immediate possession "before the house and gardens run away 
further to ruin ". The same MS. also gives 24th June, 1695, as 
the date of the marriage settlement of William Shaftoe with 
Eliz. Riddell. He was the son of John Shaftoe, of Little 
Bavington, by Frances, his wife, Edward and John being also 
named as the younger sons of the said John Shaftoe. One son, 
John, was the issue of the marriage. 

[F. 33.] " Further House " given to stipersHlioiis uses. 

"William Moss, of Skirmersdale, in par. of Ormskirk, co. 
Lane, yeoman, saith that William Moss, of the same, dec, 
was about 40 years ago seized of a house and seven acres, called 
' Further House,' in Skirmersdale, and devised it to his wife, 
and for Henry Orrel to sell the same. It was sold, accordingly, 
to Richard Moss, brother of the said William, who was a 

" Richard, in his lifetime made a feoffment in 1703-4 to 
Alexander Blundell and James Hunter, a Papist of Melling- 
cum-Conscough, to the use of Richard, John, and James 
Aspinwall, all bred up in the Popish Religion. John is now in 
some Popish seminary abroad, and Richard, the eldest son, was. 

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in y* Rebellion, taken at Preston, sent prisoner to Chester, and 
escaped out of the Castle, [17th October, 1716.]" 


The petition of Thomas Eccleston, of Eccleston, co. Lane, 
Esq. [to Com*^], sheweth, " that the Manor of Eccleston and 
other your Pef*^ estate, did, on the death of his father, Henry 
Eccleston, Esq., descend to your petitioner, his eldest son and 
heir by right of blood, and in course of hereditary descent, 
according to the established laws of this kingdome. 

" That your Pef- entered thereon on his father's death, and 
subject to the jointurfe of Eleanor E., his mother, has quietly 
enjoyed the same, without any interruption, for 53 years. 

"That about January last, your Honours were pleased, 
without any previous summons given or any cause known to 
your Petitioner, to direct . . . the Sheriff of Lancaster to take 
possession of your petitioner's estate, who, in an armed and 
violent manner, turned your Pef'*- mother, who is about four- 
score years old, out of Eccleston Hall, where she had peaceably 
dwelt above 60 years. 

" That your Pet"^* knowing no cause of seizure, he being no 
ways concerned in the late rebellion, nor his estate anywise 
given to superstitious uses, ordered search to be made in his 
Majesty's Court of Exchequer to see if any record there could 
warrant these proceedings, and, on search, an inquisition was 
there found, taken above 20 years since by the management of 
one Baker, wherein your Petitioner's and above 20 other gentle- 
men's estates were found given to superstitious uses. 

" That your Pef- . . . applyed to his Majesty's Court of Ex- 
chequer to have leave to traverse the said Inquisition, which 
was granted . . . and the Court declared its sense of the hard- 
ship of your Petitioner's case and ordered your Petitioner 
should retain the possession of his estate. 

" That your Honour's officers, notwithstanding this order, 
keep possession of your Petitioner's estate and receive the 
profits thereof, whereby his aged mother is reduced to want, 
being without any fault turned out of her habitation, and 
reduced to the utmost extremity, a Protestant school deprived 
of 40 marks a-year settled on it for teaching poor Protestant 



children, his house falling to ruin and other great damages, and 
your Petitioner forced to carry on a cause in the exchequer and 
to maintain himself on credit without any reliefe from bis 

" Your Pet'- therefore most humbly prays that your 
Honours will take the hardship of his case into your con- 
sideration, and that your Honours will be pleased to appoint 
a day that he may be heard by his counsell in order to bt 
relieved in the premises : WKM 

" And your Pef- shall, &c., ^^^ 

" Dan. Dandy, Attorney for the Pet'-" ' 

A note in another handwriting adds : " Not p'^- for. Let 
Mr. E. attend." 

[Id.] William Lancaster, of Eccleston Hall, deposeth — 
31st October, 1716 — " that for the last two or three years he has 
been employed by Mrs. Eccleston to collect the rents belonging 
to Eccleston Hall, and that the tenour of his receipts for the 
same usually ran sometimes in the name and for the use of 
Mr, Thomas Eccleston, and at other times for rent due to 
Eccleston. That he pays the rents to the said Mrs. Eccleston, 
mother of Thomas E., who now lives there, but never took any 
receipt of her for the same : that the leases of the estate are 
signed T. E,, but does not know where Thos. E. lives, but saw 
him at the hall about 2 years ago : that he staid there about 
three days, but knows not from whence he came or whither 
he went : that he never saw him before or since : has heard 
that the said Thomas E. has been at Rome." 

[Id.] The Com"- to the Rt. Hon. Robert Walpole. 

A certificate shewing "that upon enquiry they found that 
Thomas Eccleston of Eccleston, co. Lane, was seized in fee 
of an estate at Eccleston to the yearly value of ^^352, and that 
being so seized, he about loth October, 1700, became a Jesuit, and 
was by such profession and the constitution of the order of 
Jesuits rendered incapable of holding any messuages, &c. . . , 
to his own use, but to . . . the use and beneiit of the Religious 
House, College, or Society of Jesuits to which he belonged. 

that 1 

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By reason whereof we have found that the said messuages, 
&c., have been given by operation of law to Popish or super- 
stitious uses. And we hereby certify that Ric. Hitchmough, 
late of Preston, co. Lane, but now of Whenby, co. York, clerk, 
was the discoverer thereof, [20 July, 1723.]" 

[H. 37.] Estate of Albert Hodgson. 

Thomas Fletcher in his " observations on the claims made 
on the estate of Albert Hodgson," says of Job Alibond (one of 
the claimants), that he was Procurator-general to the Secular 
College of English Priests at Douay, and that Thomas Roydon, 
a priest, received interest of money for the use of the college, 
and further, that Nevil Ridley, Esq., is a common trustee for 
most superstitious uses in England. 

[I. 13.] Richard Jenkinson, of Wyersdale, co. Lane, 
yeoman, under his will, dated 15th September, 1696, and 
proved 6th March, 1700, left to his son Thomas Jenkinson "all 
his estate at Boulton, which came to him by his father ". He 
names also his wife Alice ; his other sons John, Richard, and 
Christopher Jenkinson ; his four das. Mary, Jane, and Eliz. J., 
and Alice Rickmon, and his uncle John J. 

[I. 16.] Will of Jane Johnson^ extract, e Registro Episcopali 
CestricB, dated i6th March, 1702. 

" I, Jane Johnson, of the Moorside, within Crosby Magna, 
CO. Lane, widow • . . desire burial in the parish church of 
Sephton. . . . Names the following relatives : * My brother 
Edward Molyneux, sister Margaret Molyneux, 4 nephews, 
Edward Molyneux, of Formby, with Dorothy his wife, Richard 
Molyneux, of Alt Grange, Lawrence Breers, and Roger Breers : 
5 nieces, Catherine and Eliz. Breers, Anne Golden, Anne, wife 
of Gilbert Norris, of Liverpool, and Margaret Smith : cousin 
Bridget Mercer, of West Derby ; also Mr. Robert Breers, of 
Walton Hall, and William, Mary, and Margaret, the children of 
Lionel Gore, formerly of Ince Blundell." She concludes ... 
" I make my two tfusty friends, Mr. John Golden, of Winwick, 
and William Tarlton, of Crosby Magna, my executors, hoping 
they will see my will justly performed. ... To them also I leave 
the residue of my estate, to be disposed of as I shall leave orders by a 


The witnesses v 

schedule annexed to this my will. 
Whittle and Margt. Smith, 

[I. 17.] Alexander Hesketh, of Aughfon, Esq., deposeth 
that Edward, son of Edward Molyneux, of Formby, was con- 
veyed by the executors of Mrs. Jane Johnson away from his 
father in order to be bred a priest beyond sea, but was happily 
as yet prevented therein by warrant, under the hand and seal 
of deponent, who is a Justice of the Peace for the co. of Lan- 
caster, and further, that the said Edward Molyneux is a grand- 
son to deponent. , , . [ist November, 1716.] 

[Id.] Chambers Slaughter writes from Preston to the 
Com"- 15th January, 1716. 

"... I have been discoursing, Mr. Hitchmough, about the 
explanation of goods and money in the hands of the executors 
of Mrs. Jane Johnson. They went so long since as in the year 
1702 to prove the will, but because of a schedule discovered 
they were cited to make oath of y particulars therein con- 
tained, which they refused, so only administered whereby they 
received all. A procter of the Court sent this [enclosed] 
inventory [of furniture, &c.] to one Hay^vard, by whose means 
Mr. Hitchmough got it, and assures me further that he has 
undeniable evidence that the amount of the interest of this 
schedule is applyed to y= maintenance of y' Popish secular 
clergy, and remains in these trustees' hands. I enclose you the 
original that you may make the proper use of it. . . . The 
Justices are very active in convicting the Recusants : the Maj-or 
shewed me last night a list of above 600, Mr. Clifton being the 
first. Sir Nicholas Sherburne might be easily convicted by one 
Kempe's evidence who was his steward, very strong evidence- 
being now found against this Kempe that would make him hang 
ormeritt. . . . But nobcdyw ill prosecute ai their own charges, there- 
fore, if the Goverriment does not use some method in that respect, 
all prosecutions, though the facts be never so plain, must drop. 

[K. 4.] Papers concerning Nicholas Kennett, of Coxhoe, 
CO. Durham. . . . Mr. Day's information about an estate in 
cos. York and Durham, given to superstitious uses. 

OF 1715. 153 

" Rachelfe, an estate worth £"800 or £"900 per annum, within 
9 or 10 miles of York, in Bulraer Hundred, is said to belong to 
two sisters as co-heiresses, both Roman Catholics, but what 
their name is none of the tenants can tell, nor where they live. 
A steward from London comes once or twice a-year to receive y« 
rents. . . . 'Tis thought y* two sisters are professed Nunns in 
some Religious House beyond sea. 

" Eliz. Kennett, da. to y* late Cuthbert Kennett, and sole 
heiress of y* said Cuthbert, has an estate at Cocksell [Coxhoe?], 
in y* bishopric of Durham, of jfSoo per annum. She has been 
in a Religious house this 18 years beyond sea. The estate is 
managed by her uncle Nicholas Kennett. She is not out- 

" Mary, widow of Nicholas Kennett, of Coxhoe, petitions the 
Commissioner^ on behalf of herself and other claimants on the 
Coxhoe estate, and prays for a delay in the time for hearing 
their claim. 

[K. I and 2.] KELLET PAPERS. 

" 8th November, 1716. 

" Charles Moreton, of Bolton, co. Lane, deposes that 
Robert Kellet married Mary Osbaldeston. Rob. K., outlawed 
for late rebellion and since dead, is said to have left a lease- 
hold estate in Cuerdale, and is brother-in-law to Edward 
Osbaldeston. Eliz. Kellet, widow, lives with Edward Osbal- 
deston, and is mother to Rob. K., the forfeiting person." 

[L. 41.] Papers relating to the estate of John Leyburne, 
Mr. FooTE, onei of the Commissioners, suggests the exami- 
nation of the marriage settlement of John Leyburne with 
Lucy, da. of Thomas Dalston, of Hornby Hall, co. Westmore- 
land. Thomas Fletcher also writes from Carlisle, 15th Septem- 
ber, 17 1 8, to Mr. Treby, another of the Commissioners: 

** Inclosed I send you some papers relating to some dis- 
coveries I have made. ... I went into Yorkshire and there 
found out two famous Popish schools, endowed with lands to 
y* value of £200 per annum and upwards : one goes by the 
name of Osmotherley and lyes in the North Riding, the other 
is called Egden [Egton] and lies by the sea-shore, near Whitby. 



I could not gett into y* particular of those affairs att that time, 
so deferred my journey till now. I had also . . . information 
given me of some lands in Furnesse, in Lancashire, which I 
was going to see, but was unhappily prevented by a Trick putt 
upon me by Mr. Curwen and the Papists, the truth of which I 
shall plainly lye before you. Mr. Curwen is in great fear of 
being obliged to appear before your Honours this winter in 
London about y= claims be has entered before you, and he has 
applyed himself to several great men to get him excused, and 
he has said to severall (as I shall prove) that if I was to appear 
again before y^' Honours and went on with y^- business, he was 
ruined, and all the rest of the Papists likewise. Upon this, 
knowing me to owe several sums of money, and not having as 
yet settled my affairs, nor gott my money out of Chancery, Mr. 
Curwen himself prevailed with one of my creditors to sue me, 
and snapt me just as I was going upon your business, as I 
hinted before. The person who sues me has other security, 
and was very well satisfied, but was prevailed upon as I told 
you before. Mr. Reife was the person concerned against me, 
and he and Mr. Curwen actually promised 50 guineas' reward 
[to the one] who took me prisoner, so that upon the whole I 
am now made a sacrifice to y" Rage of a party. I would not 
have you. Sir . . . believe that I would wrong any person from 
their just debts, but I would willingly have time to breathe and 
settle my concerns. ... 1 beg the favour you would send to 
me requiring my attendance before you, and also such precept 
to the Sheriffe of this county as you shall think proper." 

Reminding the Commissioners of their power to do so, he 
adds : " If I am honoured so far ... I flatter myself the public 
will reap advantage by it . . . and the rest of my life shall be 
devoted to show myself grateful for so great a favour. ... I 
humbly ask pardon for this great presumption, which I had not 
been guilty of but for y' necessity of my affairs at this juncture." 

[Thomas Fletcher probably alludes to the suit of the 
sisters of Sir Henry Fletcher for the recovery of the Hutton 

Three days later he still more urgently begs "to be sent for 
to appear before the Commissioners on account of y* misfortune 
I now lye under, purely occasioned by y* spight and malice the 

OF 1715. 155 

Papists have taken against me ". He encloses a copy of the 
will of "Thomas Dalston, a Papist, who dyed about August, 
1716," whose da. Liicy (wrongly named Dorothy by Fletcher) 
married John, the son of George Leybume". Fletcher also 
adds that "when [John] Leyburne was discharged out of the 
Marshalsea by the Act of Indempnity, he came forthwith to 
Hornby and resided there, and acted as owner of the place, but 
was advised to leave it and reside at some other place for [fear 
of] giving umbrage to the Commissioners ". 

\Id.'\ John Leyburne and his wife Lucy petition the 
Commissioners on behalf of her claim to Nateby Hall for life 
that their claim may be heard at Preston , "they being so 
reduced in their circumstances that they are not in any 
capacity either to attend themselves or be at the charge of 
bringing witnesses to any place more remote ". 

[C. 142.] " The most humble petition of John Crooke, 
of Broughton, co. Lane, husb., now a prisoner in Preston . . . 
on y"^- Honours' committment : sheweth, 

"That when y"^- Petitioner was under examination before 
y'- Honours on Wednesday, 2nd July, 1718, touching super- 
stitious uses, hee was under some surprise, being a person of 
meane capacity and understanding in such cases, and not 
apprehending the questions then asked him, and is now under 
a great concern for his confinement, and the expense and in- 
convenience that may attend him and his poor wife and 6 
children therein : prays to be re-examined". 

This petition was evidently granted, for on 17th July, 1718, 
he deposed that he "had heard George Crook, a reputed 
Romish priest, say prayers after the Romish way", 

This George Crook [the priest], of Broughton in Amounder- 
ness, CO. Lane, gent, in his will, dated 7th December, 1705, 
names his kinsman John Crooke, and his cousins James Catterall, 
Alice Parkinson, and her son and da. John and Eliz. Parkinson. 


2ist July, 1718. 
Thomas Golden, of Hardshaw Hall, saith that " he is sole 


executor of his father John Golden, who was one of the 
executors of Mrs. Jane Johnson, who left ^300 for the educa- 
tion of two boys, who were sent to school, and that one of them, 
Edward Smith, is a ship carpenter at Liverpoole, the other 
was Edward, son of Edward Molyneux". 

To this paper are attached three receipts given to the 
executors of Mrs. Johnson by Edward Molyneux and Margaret 
Wodson [Widdowson] "for the scooling, use, and education" 
of their respective sons Edward Molyneux and Richard Smith. 

[S. 2.] Henry Wiswall to Chambers Slaughter, Esq. 
"Ormskirk, igth July, lyi?. 

" Sir,— Ere this reaches hope you have had a kind welcome 
with your lady and family, and a pleasant journey to 'em by 
reason of such brave settled weather as't has been ever since 
you left us. Yesterday Mr. Tyrer was pulling; down an old house 
in the lordship of Scarisbrick, a tenement the late estate of Mr, 
Scarisbrick, and in the wall was found ^40 in brave old money. 
It's kept as secret as possible, yet a person that saw it came 
and told me. I take it to be Treasure Trove, and if it does not 
fall under the cognizance of your Commissioners, it must belong 
to the King, so pray advise about it. . . ." 

This letter called forth a very speedy reply, which see Eng. 
Cath. Nonj., p. 364, 


Letter from Richard Towneley, dated Rochdale, 12th 
February, 1716, to Mr. Ric. Starky, at his Chambers in Fur- 
nival's Inn, Holbom : 

" Sir, — Yours rec''-,and must begyoul not fail going as soon 
as you receive this to the Commissioners and acquaint them 
that Thomas Hilton come this day alonge with an atomey and 
two bailiffs and tooke forcible possession. 1 desire they will 
give me orders per the first what I shall do, for the threaten 
to sell the small goods I have procured for the poor children, 
and throw them out of doors within a few days. D'- S'; I beg 
youl not fail me in this by the very first, and youl for ever 
oblige your humble servant, 

" Richard Towneley." 

OF 1715. 157 

[Id.] Ric. TowNELBY in his petition to the Commissioners 
says that his " wife, the Hon. Mary T., did not have her sum- 
mons to appear before them on ist May until i6th April : that 
she is now at York, and is not in a condition to undertake so 
long a journey without prejudice to her health and danger of 
her life. . . ." 

This petition was received 19th April, 1718, but the hearing 
of the claim was only postponed for twelve days. 

[T. 32.] Letter from John Aynsley, of Hexham, to Mr. 
Charles Sanderson. [31st December, 1716.] 

"... I am sure what you have said for me is true. I always 
hated the Popish Principles and all the adherents of the Pre- 
tender. I have dayly prayed for a defeat of all their devices 
against our holy religion and constitution, and was always 
thoroughly convinced if that party succeeded I and my family 
and all true Protestants were utterly ruined and undone. And 
as you give me reason to believe, I stand cleare with these 
gentlemen from being deemed an enemy to my king and 
country. ..." 

This Mr. Aynsley was solicitor to Mr. Thornton, of Nether- 
witton, whom he names in this letter as " my very good 
client ". 

[G. 22.] " William Bring [Brining], of the par. of Wood- 
plumpton, CO. Lane, labourer, saith that within that parish 
there is a Popishe chappell with a small piece of land belonging 
to it, called Kendal's chappel. The owner of it calls himself at 
this time John Kendal, but his true name is John Baines, which 
this informant well knows, y® said Baines (now Kendal) being 
bom and bred up to y* state of a man within the parish afore- 
said. He further saith that the said Baines is hid, being a 
Popish priest as he believes, and doubts not to prove, himself and 
son having at different times heard him preach, and says one 
Anne Gregson lives at a little house in y* end of y* said 

" Further, that Baines, alias Kendal, did about 3 years ago 
purchase of William Haddock, Esq., in the name of James 
Gregson, brother of the said Anne, an outhousing with six acres 
of land or thereabouts in Gotham, within Preston parish, and 


that John Gregson their father now dwells in the premises, 
James Gregson being now outlawed for high treason. 

**. . . Further . . . that within the parish of Woodplumpton, 
or the next adjoining parish, is another Popish chapel called 
Crowhoe, which is a very goodly house endowed with about 20 
acres of land as he guesses. The priest who did lately officiate 
therein is called John Swarbrick, now hid likewise, and that 
one Mrs. Craichley now or very lately dwelled therein. [3rd 
September, 1716.]" 


Note. — References to the same name do not necessarily indicate the 
same person. The word ^^ family " has been sometimes 
employed for the sake of brevity, and merely implies that 
several persons bearing the same surname occur on the given 



Acton family, 74 

„ William, 21, 74 
Adams, Christopher, g 

„ Mary, 39 
Adys, Bernard, 20, 49 
Edmund, iv, 20 
Martha, 49 
Allaway, Mary, 59 
AUibone, Job, 141, 151 
Almond, James, 89 
Anderton, Francis, 83, 84 
James, 83 

Lady Margaret, 83, 84 
Mary, 84 

Sir Francis, 83, 97, 121 
Sir Laurence, 83, 84 
Armstrong, Elizabeth, 38 

„ John, 120 

Arran, Charles, Lord, 56 
Arras, Bishop of, vii, 131-133 
Arton family, 10 
Arundel, Anne, Lady, 56 
„ Philip, Lord, 56 
Arundell, Frances, 8, 12 
Henry, Lord, 73 
Hon. Henry, 37, 72 
Hon. Thomas, 37 
John, 12 
Mary, 8, 33 
Richard, 8 
Ashmall, Robert, 23 
Ashton, Elizabeth, 31 
„ Thomas, 31 
















Askins, Mary, 34 
Aspinwall, James, 148 
John, 148 
Richard, 148 

Aston, (Trentham), 72 

„ family, 22 
Margaret, 23 
Walter, Lord, iv, 22, 23 
Atmore, Magdalen, 70 
Atton, Mrs. (Pigott), 17 
Atwood, Audrey, 52 
Bridget, 74 
Christopher, xv, 74 
George, 109, no, 113 
Mary, 74 
Robert, 52 
Sarah, 74 
Thomas, 74 
Ursula, 74 
William, 74, no 
Winifrid, in 
Auben, Frances, 52 
Aubrey, Sophia, 76 

„ Thomas, 76 
Audeley, Mary, 71 
Avelin, Anne, 68 

Elizabeth, 68 
James, 68 
Ayleworth, Elizabeth, 42 
Hannah, 42 
John, 42 
Aylmer, William, 94 
Aylward, Anastatia J., 4, 8 

















Aylward, Helene, 4 

Bedingfield, Edward, 83 

Aynsley, John, 157 

„ Frances, 76 

„ Henry, 64 

Backhouse, Thomas, 139 

„ Mary, 64 

Bagnal, Lady, 68 

„ Mr., 108 

Haines, John, 157 

„ Sir Henry, 25, 83 

„ William, xi, 97 

Belchier, Jane, 43 

Baker, , 42, 149 

„ Thomas, 42, 43 

„ Henry, 42 

„ Ursula, 43 

Baladine, Teresa, 38 

Bellasis family, 80 

Baldwin, Edward, 72 

Bennett, William, 100 

„ Elizabeth, 72 

Benoist, Elizabeth, 41 

„ Mary, 72 

Berington, Edward, xv 

Baltimore, see Calvert 

„ family, 21, 52 . 

Banks, Joseph, 118, 119 

„ John, I, 21, 121 

Barker, Ann, 79 

„ Thomas, 52 

„ John, 22, 79 

„ William, 52, 74 

„ Mary, 22 

Berkeley, John, 75 

Barlow, Lady, 44 

„ Judith, 75 

„ Mr., 122 

Mary, 73, 75 

Barnwell, Mary, 50 

Berriman, Mr., 112 

Barrett, Robert, 147 

Berry, Catherine, 42 

Barrimore, James, Lord, 127 

„ Robert, 42 

Bartlett, Anne, 38, 75 

Bertie, Hon. Charles, 7 

„ Basil, 38, 75 

Betham, , 17 

„ Bridget, 75 

„ Frances, 2 

„ Mrs., 18 

„ John, 2 

„ Rowland, 75 

„ Mary, 2, 17, 71 

Baskerville, , 58 

„ Richard, 71 

„ Edward, 21 

„ Thomas, 2 

„ family, 70 

Beveridge, Catherine, 11 

„ James, 51, 70 

„ George, xv, 11 

„ Mary, 21, 51 

„ Gertrude, 11 

„ Mrs. (Adys), 20 

Bickliffe, Alice, 27 

„ Mr., 112 

„ family, 27 

Bates, , 128 

Biddulph, Eliz. (Lady Dormer), 5 

Batson, John, 5 

„ family, 62, 68 

Battersby, Tobias, 81 

„ Francis, 5, 62, 68 

Baughan, Elizabeth, 72 

„ John, 62, 68 

John, 72 

„ Richard, 5, 62, 68 

Bawcock, Elizabeth, 22 

Bigg, Dorothy, 4 

„ Mary, 22 

„ Lucy, 4 

Bawd, Hieronyma, 42, 44 

Biggs, Thomas, 58 

„ William, 42 

Bill, John, 9 

Beadnell, Thomas, 143 

„ Robert, 9 

Beard, Henrietta, Lady, iv, 13, 16, 17 

Billing family, 3 

„ John, iv, 16 

„ Robert, 3 

Becke, Thomas, 117 

Binge, Mary, 17 

Bedingfield, Dorothy, 76, 77 

Bingley, Hannah, 77 





Bird family, 41 

„ Francis, xv, 41 
Bishop, Elizabeth, 12 
family, 20 
Frances, 20, 75 
Francis, 33 
George, 33 
Richard, 20, 75 
Blackmore, Thomas, 53 
Blacoe, James, 96 
Blake, Charles, 38 
family, 38 
James, 23 
Bland, John, 134 
Blevin, Helena, 50 
Blofield, Thomas, 27 

Blood, (Trentham), 72 

Bloore, Elizabeth, 19 

„ Richard, 19 
Blount, Catherine, 76 
family, 3, 50 
George, 76 
Michael, 50 
William, 3 
Blundell, Alexander, 148 
family, 84 
Frances, 27, 84 
Mary, 48 
Mr., 105 
Nicholas, 27 
Bodenham, Catherine, 22 

Charles, 15, 21, 22, 43, 51 
family, 22 
Mary, 22 
Bolney, Elizabeth, 60 
George, 60 
James, 60 
Bond family, 35, 41, 65 

Henry Jermyn, 35, 65 
Mary, 35, 64 
Sir Henry, 41 
Thomas, 35 
William, 31 
Bostock, Anne, 52, 66 

Catherine, 47, 52 
Elizabeth, 52 
family, 52 
Henry, 20, 47, 52 
„ John, 52, 66 
























Bostock, Mary, 47, 52 

„ Nathaniel, 47, 52, 66 
„ Richard, iv, 20, 47 
Boswell, Mrs. (Morley), 29 
Boswicke, Edward, 98 
Boucher, Margaret, 113 
Bourne, Philippa, 58 
Bowen, Mrs. (Pigott), 17 
Bowes, Alice, 130 
„ Johanna, 37 
„ Lucy, 130 
„ Margaret, 130 
„ Mary, 130 
„ Stanislaus, xv, 37 
Box, Mary, 76 
„ Philip, 76 
Brand, Christian, i 
„ Margaret, i 
„ Mary, i 
„ Peter, xv, i 
,. Petronilla, I 
„ Susan, I 
„ Winifred, i 
Brandon family, 10 
„ Richard, 19 
„ Thomas, 10, 19 
Brand-Trevor (Dacre), Anne, 56 
Branthwait, Arthur, 141 
Breers, Bridget, 136 

„ Catherine, 121, 151 
„ family, 136, 151 
„ Laurence, 121, 151 
„ Robert, 136, 151 
Brent, Catherine, 10, 18 
„ Elizabeth, 18 
„ Frances, 3 

Margaret, 17, 18, 81 
Mary, 18 
Robert, 3 
Brett, Mr., 112 

„ Thomas, xiii 
Briggs, Elizabeth, 27 
Brinkhurst, Catherine, 50 

„ John, 50 
Brining, William, 105, 106, I57 
Brockholes, John, 97 

„ Thomas, 95, 121 
Bromley, Amy, 16 
„ John, 16 





1 62 











Brooke, Francis, vi, io6, 1 13 
Brooks, Esq., 127 
Brown, Edward, 25 
Francis, 25 
Laurence, 25 
Browne, Anne, 35 
Daniel, 34 
family, 34, 66, 69 
Honora, 66 
John, 34, 140 
Mr., 10 
Mark, 66, 69 
"Misses," 13 
Rev. Charles, 15 
Thomas, 30, 88, 89 
Brownlow, Elizabeth, 39 
Sir John, 39 
William, 39 
Brudenell, Caroline, 48 

Hon. James, 48 
Mrs., 127 
Bruning, Anne, 61 

family, 60, 61 
Richard, 60 
Bryant, Mary, 64 
Buckley, Judith, 31 
Burdet, Edward, 11 
Burgh, Fych, 20 
Burnham, Dorcas, 6 
Richard, 6 
Robert, 6 
Burton, Catherine, 40 

„ Robert, 40 
Busby, Charles, 17, 71 

Constantia, I7» 71 
Dorothy, 9 
Hannah, 17, 71 
John, 17, 71 
„ Mary, 71 
„ Thomas, 28, 112 
Butler, Catherine, 138 
„ Elizabeth, 77 
„ Frances, 37 
„ Francis, 139 
„ Henry, x, 136, 139 
„ James, 139 
„ Nicholas, 139 
„ Magdalen, 139 
„ Mary, 137, 138, 139 













Butler, Richard, vi, 136-139 
Byfield, Catherine, 61 
„ John, 61 

Cadogan, Henry, 42 
„ Roger, 42 
Calvert, Anne, 31 

Charles (Lord Baltimore), xv 

family, 38 

Margaret (Lady Baltimore), 

Mary Ann, 33 
Cam, Morris, 29 

„ Winifred, 29 
Cann, Edward, 57 
Canning, Ann, 51, 71 
„ AppoUonia, 71 
„ family, 17, 71 

Francis, 17, 51, 71 
Richard, 17, 71, 11 1 
„ Thomas, 63 
Cantril, Bruno, 132 
Carew, Henry, 73 

„ Mary, 73 
Carington, Constantia, 14 
Francis, 72 
Mary, 72 
„ Mary-Teresa, 72 
Carne family, 57 
• „ Francis, 57 

„ Mary, 57 
Carns, Catherine, 36 
Carr, Thomas, 95 
Carroll, Charles, 96 
Carter, Catherine, 11 
„ George, 132 
„ Thomas, 120 
Cary, Edward, 11 
„ family, 43 
„ George, 11, 15 
Caryl, Catherine, 17 
„ Edward, 17 
„ Elizabeth, 17 
„ Philip, 68 
Cassey, Anne, 18, 75 
„ Mary, 18 

Casy, , 63 

Castlehaven, Eliz., Lady, 37, 45 
Catanach family, 27 





Catherine, Queen, 11 

Clayton, Richard, 3, 28 

Cattaway, Alice, 59 

Clement X. , Pope, 63 

„ Elizabeth, 59 

Clifford, Alethea, 53 

„ Margaret, 59 

„ Anne, Lady, 11 

Catterall, James, 155 

„ Hugh, Lord, 11 

Cawthorn, Mr., 137 

Clifton, Charles, 4 

Chaddock, Mr., 85 

„ family, 45, 87, 100 

Chadwick, Mary, 4 

„ Francis, 4, 22 

Chafin, George, 12 

„ George, 45, 87, loi 

„ Rachel, 13 

„ " Master," 100 

Challence, Mr. (alias of Bp. Challoner), 

„ Sir Gervase, 45 


„ Thomas, 87, 89, 100, 152 

Challiner, Elizabeth, 46 

Clough, Ann, 52 

Challoner, Bp. Richard, 18, 23, 81 

„ Elizabeth, 52 

Champion, Anne, 73 

„ Richard, 13 

„ family, 73 

Cockayne, Hon. Eliz., 77 

„ Joan, 73 

„ Hon. Mary, 77 

„ Mary, 73 

Coffin, Bridget, 15 

„ Thomas, 73 

„ Charles, 4, 71 

Chapman, Frances, 15 

„ Francis, 4 

Charles II., 10, 78 

„ Martha, 15 

Charleton, Edward, 22 

„ .Mary, 15 

„ William, x, 22, 115 

Cole, Christian, 117 

Charnley, Peter, 100 

Colegrave, , 140 

Cheseldine, Sarah, 34 

„ Barbara, 14 

Chevalier de S. George, x 

„ family, 14 

Chewton, Lord, 16 

„ Frances, 14 

Chichester, Catharine, 7- 

„ Mary, 14 

„ Mary, 7 

„ William, 14 

„ Prudence, 43 

Coleman, Thomas, 58 

Cholmley, Catherine, 6g 

CoUett family, 4 

„ Thomas, 69 

„ Mary, 4 

Christmas, Mary, 80 

Collingwood, Anne, 81 

Clapcoate, Dorothy, 6, 59 

„ Catherine, loi 

„ Elizabeth, 59 

„ Charles, loi, 102 

„ family, 59 

„ George, loi, 102 

„ Mary, 59 

„ John, 81 

„ Richard, 59 

„ Robert, loi, 102 

„ Winifred, 6, 59 

„ William, loi 

Clarke, Thomas, 94 

Collins, Christopher, 24 

Clarkson, Christopher, 84 

„ family, .24 

Clavering family, 80 

Colstock, Anne, 61 

„ John, 49 

Colstone, Dame Anne, 47 

„ Mary, 49, 80 

Combe, Dr. Edward, Rev., 74 

„ Ralph, 49, 80 

Compton, Anne, 33 

Clayton, Elizabeth, 52 

„ Dorothy, 33 

„ family, 52 

„ Edward, 33 

„ Isabella, 28 

„ Margaret, 33 

Ralph, 52, 81 

) „ Richard, 39 


Coney, John, 115 

Cromblehome, William, 144 ^^^H 

Crook, George, 155 ^^^^| 

Chailes, 18 


Elizabeth, I, 18. 71 

Crouch, Elizabeth, 4 ^^^^H 

family, i, 44, 113 

4 ^^^^H 

Mary, I 

Croucher, Ann, 6g ^^^^H 

Constable, Cuthbert [s^e Tunatall] 

Francis, 67 ^^^^^| 

Ralph, 67 ^^^H 

Conyets, Dame Margaret, 6j 

Croxall, Philippa, 44 ^^^H 

Harriet, 65 

44 ^^H 

Cook, Shadrach, xvi 

Cruse. Gaynor, 73 ^^^^H 

Cooke, Catherine, 23 

CulTaud, Henry, 39 ^^^^H 

„ John, 13 

Culcheth family, 26 ^^^H 

Cooper, Dorothy, 10 


„ William, 9, 10 

Mary, 17, 26 ^^H 

Cope, Thomas, g 

Roger, ^^H 

Coppinger, Esq., 20 

Thomas, 17, ^^^H 

Coibett, Richard, 53 

Curwen, Henry, 79. 137, 154 ^^^H 

Cornwall family, ZI, 70 

Magdalen, 79 ^^M 

„ John, 2,. 70 

Curzon, Henry, xv ^^^H 

Cornwallis, Ciccilia, xiv 

50 ^^^H 

Mary, 23 

Sir Francis, 50 ^^^^H 

Cosin, John, xU-Kvi, 3, 19, 26, 29, 35, 

Winifred, 50 ^^M 


Cutler family, 77, 7S ^^^H 

„ James, 141 


Cotiam, Mary, 123 

„ Henry, 77. ^^H 

Cottington, Catheiine, 5S, 73 

„ Magdalen, 78 ^^H 

Francis, 58, 73 

Sir Thomas, 78 ^^^^| 

„ John, 58 


Cotton family, 87 

Dacrb, Lord, 56 ^^^^| 

„ Maria Teresa, 52 

Dacres, Elizabeth, 48 ^^^^| 

„ Richard, S3, 84 

Dally, Jane, 39 ^^^^| 

Couche, Anne, 8 

Mary. 39 ^^^1 

„ femily, 8 

Dalston, Dorothy. 155 ^^^H 

„ Richard, 8 

Lucy, 153 ^^H 

Cown, Mary, 44 

Thomas, 153, ^^H 

„ Robert, 44 

Dalton. Dorothy, 143 ^^^H 

Cox, Alicia, 50 

77 ^^H 

„ Gabriel, 50 

97 ^^H 

„ Samuel, 50 

Robert, 77, I43 ^^H 

Coxon, Elizabeth, 32 

Danby, Mr.,81 ^^^H 

„ Mary, 32 

Dancastte family. 4, 15 ^^^H 

„ WiUiam. 32 

4. 15, 51 ^^H 

Coyney, John, 75 

Thomas, 4, IS ^^^H 

Craichley, Mrs., 158 

Dandy, Daniel. 150 ^^H 

Crane. Ma,ry, 35 

Dorothy, I39 ^^^H 

Crawford, Anne. 28 

121 ^^H 

„ John, 28 

Jane, I2I, 139 ^^H 

Craythorne. Hon. Elizabeth, 77 

121 ^^^M 





Dandy, Margaret, 121, 139 
Daniel, Barbara, 16 
Darbyshire family, 25 
„ John, 25 

Darell family, 25 
„ John, 25 
Davers, Sir Robert, 35 
Davies, Thomas, 43 
„ Winifred, 43 
Day, Mr., 152 
De Grammont, Count, iv, 56 

Countess, iv, 56 
Claude-Charlotte, 56 
De la Fontaine, Agnes, 36 
„ femily, 36 

De la Rose, Anne, 6z 

„ William, 61 

Derwentwater, Anna-Maria, Lady, v, 
X, 8, 9, 26, 104 

family, 64, 102, 104, Z17 
Francis, Lord, 103, 137, 


James, Lord, 6, 86, 98, 
102, 103, 104, 114, 138, 


Mary, Lady, 104 

Desbrowe, Jane, 59 

„ Samuel, 59 

D'Ewes, Mary, 65 

Henrietta, 65 

Merelina, 65 

Devall, Henry, 47 

„ Mary, 47 

Dicconson, Edward, 119, 120 

„ Hugh, 119, 120 

„ Roger, 119, 120 

„ William, 119, 120 

Digby, Dorothy, iii, 113 

,, John, III 

Dillon, Grace, 57 

„ Mr., 57 

Dixwell, Lady, 80 

,, Sir Basil, 80 

Dobson, Andrew, 100 

Dod, William, 115 

Dolman, Robert, 27 

Dormer, Charles, Lord, 5 

Eliz., Lady, iv, 5, 62 

family, 5, 60, 62 








Dormer, Frances, 5, z6 
„ John, 5, 60 
„ Mary, 5 
„ Robert, 5, 6 
Dorson, Mary, 34 
Doughty, Elizabeth, 39 
family, 39 
Frances, 39 

George Brownlow, 39, 50 
Mary, 39 
Philip, 39 
Dover, I^rd, 35 
Draycot, Philip, 127 
Dreisdale, Hugh, 123 
Dresser, Thomas, 125 
Drew, Frances, 48 
„ Thomas, 48 
Dunbar, Dorothy, Lady, iv, 48 

,, Lord, 48 
Dunne, Elizabeth, 66 

Bales family, 20, 21 

„ John, 20 
Bastham, James, 146, 147 
Baston, Dorothy, 57 

„ John, 57 
Eaves, Helen, 140 
Eccleston, Eleanor, 149, 150 
„ Henry, 149 

,, Thomas, viii, 26, 149, 150 

Edney, , 18 

Edwards, Rebecca, 60 
Egerton, Mary, 123 
Elizabeth, Queen, ix 
Ellerker, Elizabeth, 30, 77 
„ family, 77 
„ Hannah, 77 
„ Sarah, 77 
„ Thomas, 30, 77 
Elliott family, 17, 71 

„ Humphrey, 17, 71 
Ellis, Bp., 107 
„ Elizabeth, 68 
,, family, 68 
„ Jane, 70 
„ John, 68 
Elstob, Mr., 137 
Elwes, Merelina, 65 
„ Richard, 65 



England, Elizabeth, i6 

Fetherstonhaugh, W., 100 

„ Roger, i6 

Fielding, Catherine, 73 

Englefield, Catherine, 5 

„ Sarah, 73 

„ family, 72 

„ Ursula, 73 

Henry, 5, 72 

Finch, Anne, 76 

Errington, Charles, 49 

„ Francis, 76 

family, 49 

Fincham family, 61 

„ Frances, 39, 49 

„ John, 61 

„ George, 49 

Fisher, Augustine, 59 

„ Mr., 142 

„ Bishop, iv, 3 

„ Nicholas, 30, 80 

„ Elizabeth, 6 

Estcourt, Canon, Rev., xvi 

„ family, 59 

Eure, Ann, 15, 30 

„ John, 6 

„ Edward, 15, 30 

Fishwick, Edmund, 105 

„ Charlotte, 30, 79 

Fitzgerald, Archdeacon, xvi 

„ family, 30 

„ Rebecca, 74 

„ Ralph, 15, 30 

„ Richard, 74 

Evans, Elizabeth, 105 

Fitzhenry, Ann, 66 

Eycott family, 19 

Fitzherbert, Basil, xv, xvi, 8, 61, 108 

„ John, 19 

„ Constance, 30 

„ Thomas, 19 

„ Jane, 61 

Eyles, Sir John, 129 

„ Thomas, 30, 61 

Eyre, Anne, 52, 66 

„ William, 9 

„ family, 48 

„ Winifrid, 61 

„ Henry, 11, 83, 108, 128, 129, 

Fitzwilliam, Anne, 29 

130, 131 

„ Elizabeth, 29 

„ James, 11 

„ family, 29, 30 

„ John, II, 47 

„ Frances, 29 

„ Vincent, 44, 66 

„ Jane, 39 

Eyston, Charles, iii, 2, 3, 61 

„ John, 29 

„ family, 3 

„ William, 29, 44 

„ Mary, 22 

Flatman, Frances, 36 

„ Robert, 3 

Fleetwood, Mr., 112 

„ Winifred, 2, 3, 61 

„ Philippa, Lady, 53 

Fletcher, Catherine, 130 

Fairbrother, Percy, 10 

Harry, 130 

, Fairfax, Charles, Lord, 77' 

„ John,; 130 

„ Helena, 116 

„ Marcus, 130 

„ Mary, 77 

„ Sir Henry, vi, vii, 108, 128- 

Fane, Hon. Jane, 48 

134, 138. 154 

Farine, Matthew, 68 

„ Thomas, vi., vii., 93, 128- 

Fauconberg, Thomas, Lord, 80, 127 

I35i I37» 138, 141. 151-155 

Fenwick, Elizabeth, 49 

Floyd, Mr., 112 

Feria, Duchess of, 48 

„ Robert, 100 

Fermor family, 6, 50 

Foote, Francis, 116, 124, 153 

„ Henry, 50, 51 

Ford, Mary, 48 

„ James, 6, 50, 51 

„ Thomas, 89 

Ferrers, Edward, 71 

Fortescue, Charles, 27, 58 

Ferrers, Teresa, 71 

„ Dame Mary, 22, 45 














Fortescue family, 27, 58 
John, 70 
Nicholas, 132 
Sir Francis, 22, 45 
Foster, Catherine, 138 
General, 98 
Mary, 79 
Thomas, 138 
Fowler, Dorothy, 63 
family, 63 
Walter, iv, 63 
William, 63 
Fox, Frances, 59 
Frankland, Hugh, 19 
William, 13 
Winifrid, 13 
Fraser, Ann, 79 
„ John, 112 
„ Mary, 39, 79 
„ Thomas, 79, 112 
Freeman, Robert, 70 
Fretwell, Joseph, 10 
Fryer, Sir John, 129 
Fuller, Mr., 24 
Furnace, Elizabeth, 77 

Gage, Delariviere, 65 
„ Edmund, 26 
„ Elizabeth, 16, 65 
„ family, 16, 64, 65 
„ John, 16, 64 
„ Penelope, 64 
„ Sir William, 64, 65, 67 
n Thomas, 16, 64 
Galloway, Elizabeth, 76 

„ Mary, 76 
Gandy, Henry, xvi 
Garter, Julia, 48 

,, Robert, 48 
Gascoigne, Catherine, 80 

Dame Magdalen, 79 
Elizabeth, 80 
Mary, 80 
Nelly, 80 
Sir Edward, 79 
Gaubrin, M., 119 
Gavan, Thomas, 112 
Gaydon, Lady, 50 
Gazaigne, Elizabeth, 39 







Gazaigne, Frances, 39 
family, 39, 40 
Mary, 39, 40 
Geeres, Mrs. (Winford), no 
Gentil, A3rme, 23 
„ Catherine, 23 
„ family, 23 
John, 23 
Margaret, 23 
Gerard, Lady Mary, iv, 63 

Lady Mary-Clare, 38 
Sir Thomas, 38 
Sir William, 90, 126, 128 
Thomas, 126, 127 
Gerrard, Joseph, 121 
Gibbons, Mrs., 15, 48 
Gibson, Francis, 112 
George, 120 
Thomas, 120 
William, vi, 113, 114 
Giffard, Bonaventura, x, 71, 107, 112 
Frances, 8 
Mary, 34, 63 
Sir John, 8 
Thomas, 63 
Gildon, Joseph, 59 
Gillibrand, John 84, 140 

Gilpin, , 128 

Girlington, John, 139 

„ Magdalen, 139 
Goble, Richard, 67 
Golden, Anne, 151 

John, 151, 156 
Thomas, 124, 155 
Golding, Dame Winifred, 73 
Goldney, Ann, 58 
Gomeldon, Meliora, 25 
„ Richard, 25 

„ Thomas, 25 
Gore family, 151 
,, Lionel, 151 
,, Mrs., 58 
Goring, Lady Dorothy, 54, 68 

„ Sir William, 62, 68 
Gosling, John, 42 
Gower, Hawkins, 24 
Helen, 62, 75 
John, 62 
,, William, 62, 75 














Gowland, Ralph, 103 

[ Gudgeon, Richard, 147 

Graby, Bridgit, 45 

Guest, Mary, 57 

„ Jane, 45 

Guldeford, Dame Clare, 36 

Gradwell, Christopher, 136, 147 

„ Sarah, 36 

Gray, Dorcas, 6 

Gunter family, 41 

„ Joseph, 6 

„ Hester, 22 

Greathead, Edward, 27 

„ James, 22 

Green, Anne, 57 

„ Robert, 41 

„ Dorothy, 57 

. „ Elizabeth, 58 

Haccher, Eliz., Lady, 56 

„ Gabriel, 57, 58 

Haddock, William, 157 

„ John, 18, 57 

Haggerston, Sir Carnaby, 78 

„ Margaret, 57 

Halcott, Matthew, 48 

„ Mary, 18 

Hall, Jasper, 143 

,, . Mrs., 21 

„ Mr., 113 

„ Thomas, 21, 53, 96 

HalliweU, William, 147 

Greenhalgh, Mr., 88 

Hammerton, Anne, 31 

Greensmith, Anthony, 9 

„ Anthony, 11 1 

„ Ignatius, 9 

„ Catherine, iii, 113 

,, Laurence, 9 

„ Camily, zii 

Greenwood, Ann, 19, 51, 71 

„ James, 31 

„ Charles, 51, 71 

„ John, in, 112 

„ family, 18, 19 

Judith, 31 

„ Margaret, 18 

Hammond, , 77 

Mary, 51, 71 

„ Gervase, 77 

,, Thomas, 51 

Hancock, Alice, 3 

Gregg, Captain, 121 

„ Edward, 3 

Gregson, Anne, 157 

,, William, 3 

„ James, 157, J58 

Hanford, Dorothy, 37, iii 

„ John, 158 

„ Edward, 37, 74 

William, 84 

„ Frances, 37, 74 

Griffin, Joseph, 21, 70 

,, Robert, 74 

„ Mary, 21, 70 

Hankin, Dorothy, 49 

„ Teresa, 70 

„ John, 49 

„ Winifred, 70 

Hanne, Bridget, 66 

Griffith, , 72 

„ Frances, 12 

„ Anne, 75 

„ John, 12 

,, James, 75, 112 

Harbord, Grace, 39 

Grimbalston, Alice, 27 

„ William, 39 

„ Elizabeth, 27 

Harcourt, Judith, 47 

„ family, 27 

„ Lucy, 47 

„ John, 26 

„ Vere, 47 

Grimes, Mrs. , 45 

Harles, Mr., 75 

Grimstone, Charles, 130, 132 

Harnage, Anne, 81 

Grove, Dorothy, 63 

„ Richard, 8r 

„ family 63, 

Harper, Joseph, 21, 76 

„ Rebecca, 74 

„ Robert, 21 

,, Thomas, 63, 74 

„ Thomas, 21 

Grubb, Dorothy, 19 

Harris, Elizabeth, 69 










Harris, Margareti 69 

„ Martha, 6g 
Harrison, John, 85 
Mary, 91 
Nicholas, 9 
„ Richard, 9 
,, William, 90, 91 
Harston, Thomas, 10 
Hart, John, 96 
Hassall, Anne, 55 
,, Appollonia, 55 
„ family, 55 
Frances, 55 
Mary-Magdalen, 55 
William, 55 
Hastings, Anne, 25 

Christiana, 1 13 
Dorothy, 79, irr, 113 
family, iii 

Ferdinando, 79, 1 11, 113 
George, 25 
Hatcher, Grace, 39 

,, Thomas, 39 
Havers, John, 64 
,, Henrietta, 65 
Mary, 5, 64 
Thomas, 64, 65 
William, 64 
Hawarden, Edward, 55 
Hawett, Mrs., 89 

,, Richard, 89 
Hawkins, John, 24 

,, Thomas, iv, 24 
Hayhurst, William, 140 

Hayward, , 152 

Heath, Ann, 64, 66, 69 
,, John, 66 
,, Richard, 64 
Henchknowle, Lord, 80 
Heneage family, 30, 31 
George, 30, 31 
Thomas, 22, 30, 31 
Herbert, Lord Edward, 16 
„ family, 21, 42 
,, Lady Henrietta, 16 
„ Lady Lucy, 68 
„ William, 21 
„ Winifred, 21, 42 
Herron, Dorothy, 130 





Hesketh, Alexander, 152 
Dr., 121 
Margaret, 121 
„ Thomas, 136 
Heskin, John, 140 

,, Thomas, 140 
Heveningham, Bridgit, 45 
„ Elizabeth, 45 

„ family, 45, 63 

Hickin, Anne, vii, 14, 61 
Mary, 14, 61 

Thomas, vii, 61, 127-132 
Higford, Frances, 19 
„ William, 19 
Higgins, Caleb, 55 
Mary, 55 
Hilder, Valentine, 35 
Hills family, 38 

„ John, 38 
Hilton, Thomas, 156 
Hinderson, Anne, 70 
Hine, Elizabeth, 59 
George, 59 
Mary, 59 
Hinton, Mary, 40 
Hitchmough, Richard, vi, 89, 121- 126, 

141* i5i» 152 
Hockley, William, 71 

Hodgkinson, Anne, 140 

Hodgson, Albert, 97, 151 

Catherine, 10 

Elizabeth, 10 

Mary, 10 

William, 75 
Hoffman, Mary, 37 
Hoghton, Sir Henry, 88, 92, 93, 138, 

Holcroft, Henry, 16 
Holford, Constantia, 14 

„ Peter, 14 
Holman, Mary, 48 

William, 48 
Holne, John, 126 

„ Richard, 126 
Honywood, General, 83 
Hood, Ann, 10 
Horncastle, family, 79 
Hornsby, Percival, 129, 130, 132 
Hornyold, Anthony, 74 
















Hornyold, Bridget, 74 
family, 74 
Frances, 74 
John, 17, 74 
Ralph, 74 
Horton, Joseph, 23 
Hoskins, Bridget, 81 

. n Elizabeth, 81 
Hotham, Sir Charles, 123 
Howard, Bernard, 45, 78 

Charles, 8, 45, 56, 78 
Elizabeth, 8, 46 
family, 8, 45 
Frances, 8, 33 
Henry, 8, 45, 78, 89 
Henry-Charles, 8 
Mary, 8, 25 
Philip, 8, 45, 78 
Thomas, 8, 45, 78, 137 
Winifred, 45, 50 
Howes, Mr., 112 

„ Mrs. (Digby), iii 
Howell, Ann, 75 
Howse, Ann, 6 

Charles, 5, 76 
family, 76 
Frances, 5, 76 
John Temple, 76 
Huddleston, Catherine, 22 

„ Mary, 22 

Hulme, Richard, 122 
Humberston, Henry, 112 
Hungate family, 77 

Lady Mary, 77 
William, 77 
Hnnloke family, 11 

„ Sir Windsor, 11, 30 
Hunt, Brace, 75 

„ Edward, 75 
Hunter, James, 148 
Hussey family, 11, 12 
„ Giles, iv, 11,48 
„ John, iv, II, 12, 48, 57 
M Rebecca, 12 
Hutten, John, 55 

,, Mary-Magdalen, 55 
Hyde family, 4, 50, 71 
„ Francis, 4, 71 
„ Mary, 4, 50, 71 









Ince, John, 123, 124 
Ingleby, Columbus, 128 

Sir Charles, xv, 78, 108 
Thomas, 78 
Ingleton, Dr. John, x 
Ireland, Charles, 64 
Elizabeth, 52 
Thomas, 52 





Jackson, Dick, 124 
Francis, 10 
Mr., 102 
James II., King, 5, 14, 121, 137 
„ III., King, xi, 98, 145 
„ John, 58 
„ Samuel, 58 
„ William, 58 
Jenison, Mr., 102 
Jenkins family, 31 

„ Thomas, 31 
Jenkinson, Alice, 151 
„ family, 151 
„ Richard, 151 
Jenks, Robert, 36 
Jennings, Lucy, 28 
„ Mary, 28 
Jernegan, Elizabeth, 16 
family, 46 
George, 46, 61, 81 
Lady, 6 

Lady Margaret, 19 
Sir Francis, 46 
„ Sir John, 19 
„ Thomas, 16 
Jerningham, Mr., 35 
Jessop, Benjamin, 32 
John, Anne, 8 
Johnson, Barbara, 16 
„ Frances, 55 
„ Jane, 126, 151, 152, 156 
„^ Richard, 55 
Jones, Aurelius, 40 

„ Catherine, 41, 43, 44 
„ Elizabeth, 43 
„ family, 41, 42 
George, 43 
John, 21, 41, 42 
„ Mary, 40 
„ Matthew, 42 














Jones, Thomas, 43 
„ Winifred, 43 

Kellett, Elizabeth, 153 
Mary, 153 
Robert, 121, 153 
Kelly, Elizabeth, 36 

» John, 73 
Kemble, Dr., 112 
Kemp, Anthony, 67 
,, Hon. Barbara, 67 
,, Hon. Jane, 67 
Kempe, George, 145-147, 152 
Kendal, John, 157 
Kennett, Cuthbert, 153 
Elizabeth, 153 
Mary, 153 
„ Nicholas, 152, 153 
Kerington, Elizabeth, 16 

,, James, 16 
Kersey, Mary, 25 
Kettle, Richard, 76 
Kibbel, Elizabeth, 57 
Kilby, Ann, 50 
,, Robert, 50 

King, , 72 

„ Appollonia, 55 
„ family, 55 
„ William, 55, 59 
Kingsley, Anne, 25 

family, 24, 25 
George, iv, 24 
Kinnaird, Lord, 67 
Kinnes, Charles, 27 
,, Thomas, 27 
Kippen, John, 60 
Kirby, Henrietta, 79 
„ Mr., X 
,, Robert, 79 
Kitchen, Edward, 84 
Knatchball, Mary, 18 
Knight family, 27, 28 
Lucy, 27 
Margaret 28, 35 
William, 27 
Knipe, Bridget, 73 
,, Edward, 32, 73 
„ family, 73 
,, George, 73 






Knipe, John, 12, 73 
„ Thomas, 73 

Knottisford, Bridget, 70 
family, 70 
Teresa, 70 

Knowles, Catherine, 113 








Lacon, Mary, 10 

,, Richard, 53, 71 
„ Rowland, 53 
Lacy family, 12, 52 
„ Margaret, 12 
Lamb, Seth, xvi 
Lambert, Cuthbert, 117 
Lamport, C, 113 
Lancaster, William, 150 
Lane, Elizabeth, 59 
„ family, 36, 49 
Mary, 36 
William, 36 
Langdale, Dorothy, 120 
family, 57, 62 
Jordan, 120 
Joseph, 28 
,, Marmaduke, Lord, 62, 64 
„ Mary, 28, 58 
,, Philip, 120 
Langhorne, Catherine, 40 
Charles, 16 
Laetitia, 16, 40 . 
,, Richard, 16, 43 

Langley, Gilbert, 18 

Holdenby, 18 
James, 18 
Langworth family, 34 
Mary, 34 
Robert, 34 
Laurance, Elizabeth, 64 
Laurence, Helena, 48 
,, Samuel, 48 
Lea, Elizabeth, 70 
Lee, Margaret, 36, 37 

„ Richard, 36, 37 
Leeremans, James, 68 
„ John, 68 

,, Sarah, 67 

Leigh, Francis, 97, 98 

„ Peter, 97 
Le Maitre, Rev. C, 15 









Le Noir, Elizabeth, 41 

,, Simon, 41 
Lenoxe, "Aunt," 5a 
Leonard, Thomas Barrett, 40 
Levery, Flora, 70 
Levisorf, Edward, iia 
Lewes, Anne, 73, 74 

„ William, 73, 74 
Lewkenor, Anthony, 66, 67 

„ Edmund, 66 
Leyburne, George, 155 

„ John, 97, 153, 155 
„ Lucy, 153, 155 
Lichfield, George, Earl of, 8 
Lindsey, Lady Elizabeth, 6 


Littlehales, Mary, 10 

„ Samuel, 53 
Lloyd, Anne, 67 

» John, 73 
Lodge, Christopher, 49 

„ , 128 

Lomax, John, 62 
Longville, Frances, 35 
Loup, George, 112 
,, William, 31 
Loraine, William, 115 
Lorimef, Michael, 21, 41 
Lovell, William, 4 
Lowe, Anne, 55 

„ Arthur, 55 

,, Charles, 10 

,, Elizabeth, 52 

„ family, 10, 55 

,, John, 16 

„ Mary, 10, 16, 55 
Lunt, John, 10 
Luttrell, Mary, 69 
Lynch, Peter, 64 
Lytcot, Dame Anne, 20 

,, Elizabeth, 20 

,, Robert Brent, 18, 20 
Lyttleton, Mary, 53 

Mackrell family, 12 
„ John, 12 

Macnamara, Honora, 40 
Maire, John, 39, 49, 75 
Malbon, Robert, 67 









Manby family, 15, 71 

„ Sir Thomas, 15, 71 
Mandeville, Bridget, 73 
„ George, 73 

„ John, 73, 139 

Manning, Robert, 55 
Mannock family, 65 
John, 112 
Lady, 66 
Mary, 39, 64, 65 
Mr., 24 

Sir Francis, 65 
Teresa, 65 
Thomas, 39, 64, 65 
Mansergh, John, 134 
Markham, Anne, iv, 29 
Edward, 44 
family, 29 
George, i, 44 
Mary, i, 35 
Percy, 29, 30, 44, 65 
Thomas, 29, 35 
Ursula (Pole), 29 
Marsden, Jane, 121, 139 

„ James, 121 
Marsh, Nathan, 144 
Martin, Catherine, 16, 66 
Dorothy, 32 
John, 66 
Margaret, 16 
Mary, Queen, 5 
Mary, Queen of Scots, iv, 56 
Massey, Catherine, 121 

„ William, 95, 121, 130 
Mason, John, 145, 147 
Mastin, Catherine, 32 
Robert, 34 
Samuel, 32 
Troth, 31, 32 
„ William, 34 
Matson, " Goody," 24 
Matthews, Catherine, 65 

„ John, 140 
Maughan, Jonathan, 94 
Maurice, Thomas, 55 
Maxwell, Mungo, 68 
Robert, 68 
Sir George, 68 
Mayfield, John, 87, 100 







Mercer, Bridget, 151 

5EX. 173 
Molyneux, Robert, 90, 127 

Merry, Ann, 33 

„ Thomas, 88, 146 

„ Elizabeth, 62 

„ William, 127 

Metcalfe, Christopher, xo2 

„ Sir William, viii, 26, 86, 89, 

„ Peter, 32 


„ Thomas, 102 

Mompesson, Elizabeth, 80 

Metham, Catherine, 77 

Monington, Anne, 58 

Jordan, 77 

„ Edward, 58 

Micham, Mary Ann, 74 

„ Thomas, 21 

„ Rachel, 74 

Monson, Edward, 30 

Michel, Mary, 60 

„ Elizabeth, 30 

Middlemore, Mrs. (Culcheth), 26 

„ George, 30 

Middleton, Charles, 48 

Montague, Barbara, Lady, 13 

,, Helena, 77 

„ Dowager Duchess of, 88 

,, Lord John, 48 

„ Henry, Lord, loi 

„ Lady, 48 

„ Viscountess, 64 

Mary, 77 

Moore, Ann, 62 

MigUorucci, Count, 28 

,, Dame Anastatia Jane, 4, 8 

„ family, 28 

„ family, 4 

Mary, 28, 65 

„ Sir Richard, 8 

Millington family, 35 

„ William, 4, 85, 88, 90, 91, 95, 

„ Jane, 30 

141, 143 

John, 30, 35 

}i > 84 

„ William, 35 

Mooring, Edward, 4 

Milnhouse, Basil, g 

„ Mary, 4 

„ Gregory, 9 

Mordaunt, Barbara, 14 

„ Richard, 10 

More, Anne, 81 

Minshull, Anne, 76 

„ Bridget, 81 

„ Catherine, iv, 76 

,, family, 81 

„ Mary, 6, 76 

,, Zachary S., 81 

„ Richard, 76 

Moren, Elizabeth, 40 

„ William, 76 

„ family, 40 

Mitchill, Thomas, z8 

Moreton, Charles, 153 

Mole, John, 9 

Morey, Major, 61 

Molins, John, 57 

„ Mrs. (Hickin), 61 

„ Mary, 57 

Morgan, George, 43 

Molony, Bishop, 40 

„ James, 72 

,, Daniel, 40 

„ Kimbarow, 44 

„ Dennis, 40 

Morley family, 29 

„ Honora, 40 

„ John, 29 

Molyneux, Ann, 49 

„ Marmaduke, 29 

„ Bridget, 49 

Morphew, James, 10 

„ Edward, 126, 151, 152, 156 

Mosdell family, 7 

„ Elizabeth, 49 

„ Longueville, 7 

„ family, 127, 151 

Moss, Richard, 148 

„ Hon. Richard, 122 

„ WUliam, 148 

„ Hon« Mrs., 36 

Mostyn family, 17 

Jane, 151 

„ Frances, 17, 44 

Lady, 48 

„ Hieronyma, 44 



Mostyn, Sir Pyers, 17, 44, 99, 100 
Thomas, 17, 44 







Nairne, M., X 

Napier, , 65 

Needham, Anne, 42 

Charles, 20, 42, 43 

Elizabeth, 43 

family, 42, 43 

John, 20, 42, 43 

Lucy, 42 

Robert, iv, 20, 21, 42, 43, 

Susan, 42, 43 

Ursula, 43 

Nevill, Charles, 44 

„ Cosmas, 44 

,, Frances, 65 

„ Henry, 65 

„ Lady Mary, 28 

it Mr., 95 

,, Thomas, 65 
Newport, John, 22 
,, Mary, 22 
Nisdale, Winifred, Lady, 26 
Norfolk, Edward, Duke of, 45 

,, Thomas, Duke of, x, 89 
Norris, Anne, 47, 151 

,, Gilbert, 151 

„ Jeremy, 46, 47 
Mary, 47 
Teresa,. 47 
Northampton, Earl of, 33 
Northey, Sir Edward, 133 
Novills, Mrs. (Fincham), 61 

Cole, William, 117 
O'Hara, Anna-Maria, 12 

„ Charlotte, 12 
Oldacre, John, 9 

,, Thomas, 10 
O'Neil, Dame Frances, 49 
Ord family, 94 

,, Lancelot, 94 
Orrell, Henry, 148 

„ Humphrey, 121, 124 
Osbaldeston, Edward, 153 

„ Mary, 153 

Osborne, Thomas, 33 
Overbury, Thomas, 75 









Pain, Bridget, 72 
Palin, Thomas, 21 
Palmer, Catherine, 7 

„ family, 9 
Panket, Charles, 95 
Panton, Dorothy, 36 

„ family, 37 
Parker, Charles, 15 
Edmund, 31 
Mary, 19 
Martha, 19 
Mr., 6 
Robert, 15 
Parkinson, Alice, 155 

Elizabeth, 155 
John, 155 
Parry, Thomas, 99, 100 
Paston, Catherine, 20, 47 
family, 19, 20 
Frances, 20 
John, 19 
Pattison family, 80 
„ Joseph, 80 
Payne, Thomas, 140 
Pearse, Nathaniel, 140 
Pegg, Charles, 10 
,, George, 10 
Pell, Mary, 47 
Pemberton, Hugh, 22 
Penderel family, 20 
John, 20 
Richard, xv, 20 
Thomas, xv 
Pengelly, Thomas, 102, 103, 141 
Pennant, Peter, 99, 100 
Penne, Elizabeth, 12 
„ family, 12 
„ George, 12 
Pennythorn, Mrs. (Knight), 28 

„ Peter, 27 

Penson, Catherine, 51 
family, 51 

Thomas, 51, 61, 62, 132 
Peploe, Samuel, 85 
Pepper, Richard, xv 
Percy, Elizabeth, 37 

„ William, 37 
Perkins family, i, 2 
Francis, i 



















' Perkins, , 3 

Petre, Anne, 71, iii 
„ Anne, Lady, 13, 26 

Benjamin, Bp., 23, 39, 71, 81, 

Bridget, 70 
family, 14 
Francis, 14, 15 
George, 70 
Joseph, 14, 61 
Lady Mary, 14 
Laurence, 70 
Mary, 14, 61, 71 
William, 14 
Peyton, Lady, 80 
Phillips, Teresa, 17 
Philpot, Edward, 42 
,, Hannah, 42 
Pickering, Thomas, 5 
Piercy, Mr., 112 
Pigott, Catherine, 17 
family, 17 
Nathaniel, xv, 17, 18, 70,^71, 

Rebecca, 17, 71 
Pinkard, George, 43 
Robert, 43 
Susan, 43 
Plowden, Cotton, 68 
Dorothy, 68 
family, 5, 53, 61, 68 
Frances, 5, 54, 61 
John Trevanion, 55, 68 
Mary, 5, 53, 61, 68 
Penelope, 54 

William, iv, 5, 53, 54, 55, 68 
Plowman, Ambrose, 59 

,, family, 59 
Plumton, Elizabeth, 80 
Pole, Cardinal, iv, 11 
,, family, 10 
,, Francis, iv, 10 
. „ John, iv, 10 

,, Ursula, 10, 29 
Poole, Edward, 121 
family, 7 
Francis, v, 7 
Porter family, 30 

Mary, iv, 30 
















Portland, Duke of, 128 
Poston, Elizabeth, 15 
Potts, John, 137 
,, Peter, 117 
Powell, James, 42 
Powtrell, Mary, 17 
Prescott, Geoffrey, 140 
Price, Ursula, 6 
Prichard, Catherine, 22 
„ family, 42 
„ John, 42 
Progers, Catherine, 42, 44 
„ Edward, 42, 44 
,, Elizabeth, 42, 44 
I, femily, 42, 44 
,, Frances, iv, 44 
„ Hieronyma, 42, 44 
,, William, 44 
Prujean, Elizabeth, 35 
„ family, 35, 36, 70 
. „ Francis, iv, 35, 70 
„ 'John, 39 
Pulton family, 48 

Ferdinand, xv, 48 
Julia, 48 
Purcell, Ann, 39, 61 
,, Catherine, 53, 61 
„ Dr. John, v, 51, 61, 62 
,, Elizabeth, 39 
„ family, 51, 52 
Mary, 51 
Richard, xv, 109, no, 113 






Thomas, 51, 52, 53, 62 
„ Winifred, 51, 52 

Pye, Anne, 21, 42 
,, Charles, 42 
,, Elizabeth, 75 

QuiN, William, 30 

Rackett, Elizabeth, 37 

RadclifTe, Anna Maria, Lady, 8, 104 

Ann, Lady, 64 

Catherine, Lady, viii, 49, 103 

Colonel, 102 

Elizabeth, Lady, viii, 103 

Hon, Barbara, 67 

Hon. James Bartholomew, 






Radcliffe, John, 103, 104 

Mary, Lady, 102, 103, 132 
Thomas, 102 
Ramsay, Margaret, 142 
Randle, Leo, 112 
Rayment, Thomas, i 
„ William, i 
Reeve family, 70 
„ John, 70 
„ Mrs. (Culcheth), 26 
Reilly, Anne, 47 
Relfe, Mr., 154 
Remington, Mary, 63 
Reyley, Jane, 27 
„ Owen, 27 
,, Robert, 27 
Reynes, Anne, 81 

„ Thomas, 81 
Reynolds, John, 49 
Reynoldson, Susannah, 76 
Rich, Elizabeth, 58 
„ Francis, 37 
,, Richard, 37 
,, Samuel, 58 
Richardson, Mary, 88 
Richmond, Duchess of, 23 
Rickmon, Alice, 151 
Riddell, Dorothy, 143 
„ Dr., 142 
„ Edward, 143 
„ Elizabeth, 148 
„ George, 142 
„ Thomas, 143 
Ridley, Nevil, 151 
Rigmaiden, Anne, 28 
,, Bennet, 19 
„ Francis, 28 
Risdon, Francis, 50 
Rishton, Thomas, 144 
Rivers, John, Lord, 127 
Roberts, Anne, 66 

Mr., 66, 99, 100 
Mrs. (Lewkenor), 66 
Robinson, John, 32 
„ Mary, 32 
Robotham, see Rowbotham 
Robson, Matthew, 114 
Rokeby, James, 46 
Rooke, Elizabeth, 6 






Rooke, James, 104 
„ John, 6 
„ Lady Mary, 104 
,, Robert, 6 
Rookwood, Elizabeth, 16 
family, 16 
Thomas, 16 
Roper, Anne, 40 
„ John, XV 
„ Thomas, 112 
Rouge, John, 41 
„ Mary, 41 
Rous, John, 38 
„ Mary, 37, 38 
„ Sarah, 38 
„ Thomas, xv 
Rowbotham, Ann, 38 

Elizabeth, 37 
Francis, xv, 67 
John, 38 
„ Sarah, 67 

Rowe, Elizabeth, 43 
„ John, 57 
„ Prudence, 43, 57 
„ Robert, 43, 57 
Rowt, Ann, 69 
„ family, 68, 69 
„ Mary, 68 
„ Richard, 68, 69 
Roydon, Thomas, 128, 151 
Russell, John, 51 
„ Martin, 112 
„ Thomas, 112 
Rutherford, Magdalen, 78 

Sadleir, Mrs., 22 
Sadler, John-Vaughan, 70 
Salkeld, Thomas, 137 
Sallom, John, 89 

Salter, , 135 

Saltmarsh family, 81 

„ Gerard, 81, 140 
Salvin, Anne, 81 

„ William, 81 
Sanders, Amy, 28 

„ John, 28 
Sanderson, Charles, 157 

„ Elizabeth, 8 

„ James, 100 



Sanderson, John, 100 

Short, Catherine, 32 

,, Nicholas, 100 

„ Francis, 59 

Sands family, 70 

„ George, 34 

Sandys, Joseph, 80 

„ Margaret, 59, 60 

,, Mary, 80 

„ Sarah, 77 

Santini, Mgr., x 

„ Thomas, 77 

Saunders, Elizabeth, 50 

„ William, 59 

„ Walter, 50 

Shuttleworth family, 33, 34 

,, William, 44 

„ Richard, 33, 89 

Savage, John, 127 

„ Thomas, 33, 34 

Savery, John, 14 

Sidall, William, 124 

Scarisbrick, Mr., 156 

Simeon, Margaret, 13 

Scarisbrook, Robert, 26 

„ Sir Edward, 63 

Scott, William, 26, 144, 145, 146 

„ Sir James, 13 

Scudamore family, 21, 22 

Simpson, Edward, 14 

„ George, 21, 43 

„ Elizabeth, 31 

„ Henry, 21, 22, 42 

„ family, 31 

„ Lucy, 42 

„ Frances, 14 

,, Winifred, 21, 42 

„ George, 31 

Seagrave, Margaret, 3 

„ William, 31 

Seaman, Mary, 47 

Singleton, James, 98 

,, Thomas, 47 

Skelton, Barbara, Lady, 40 

Sedgwick, William, loi 

Slaney, Frances, 54 

Shaftoe, Edward, vi,. 147, 148 

Slator, John, 9 

,, Elizabeth, 148 

Slaughter, Bellingham, 21 

„ family, 148 

„ Chambers, viii, 92, 98, loi. 

„ William, 148 

138, 141, 152, 156 

Shaw, Edward, 5 

Slauter, Anthony, 18 

„ Mr., 87 

„ Mary, 18 

Sheldon, Edward, 75 

Smalbone, Charles, xv, 40 

„ family, 75 

„ Elizabeth, 4, 22 

Mary, 15, 75 

„ Margaret, 4, 22, 40 

„ William, 15, 75 

„ Mary, 4 

Shelton family, 45 

Smalley, , 77 

Shepherd, William, go, 91 

Smith, Amy, 28 

„ John, 18, 136 

„ Anne, 32, 52, 57 

Sheppard, Richard, 147 

„ Audrey, 52 

„ William, 105, 106 

,, Bartholomew, 59, 60 

Sherburne, Catherine, Dame, 26 

„ Catherine, 28, 30 

„ Charles, 47 

,, Charles, 72 

„ John, 144 

,, Christopher, 32 

,, Richard, 144 

„ Edmund, 28 

„ Sir Nicholas, xi, xii, 26, 

„ Edward, 28, 84, 156 

86, 95, 105, 145-147, 152 

„ Elizabeth, 18, 22, 52, 59, 60, 

n » 132 


Sherlock, Thomas, 9 

„ family, 28, 52, 59, 60 

Sherwood, Anne, 3 

„ Frances, 59, 60 

„ Edward, 3 

„ Francis, 28, 30, 52 

Shewell, John, 19 

„ Grace, 78 














Smith, Helena, 28 

,, Isabella, 28, 59, 60 
„ John, 7, 22, 34, 57, 75 
„ Margaret, 126, 151, 152 
„ Mary, 32, 52 
„ Richard, 126, 156 
„ Susan, 36 
„ Thomas, 9, 60 
„ William, 32, 52, 60, 72 
Smythe family, 13 

„ Sir John, 13 
Somerset, Charles, 37 
Frances, 37 
Henry, 37 
Southcott, Catherine, 30, 31 
Constance, 30 
Dame Mary, 30 
Edmund, 31 
family, 13, 14 
Sir Edward, 13, 61 
Thomas, 61 
Sparry, Anne, 70 

Elizabeth, 70 
Humphrey, 70 
„ Magdalen, 70 
Spelman, Clement, 46 
„ Dorothy, 46 
Spicer, Laurence, 3 
Spinckes, Nathaniel, xvi 
Spurr family, 31 

„ Thomas, 31 
Spurrier, Thomas, 70 
William, 70 
Stacey, Edward, xvi 
Stafford, Anne, 61, 66 

„ Claude-Charlotte, Lady, 56 
family, 56, 61 
Henry, Lord, iv, 56 
John, 52, 56, 61, 66 
„ Mary, 56, 61 
„ Matthias, Lord, 13, 61 
„ William, Lord, 61 
Stamp, Thomas, xvi 
Standish, Alexander, 25 
,, Margaret, 25 
„ Ralph, 135 
Stanford, John, 112 

„ Mary, 2 
Stanley, Meliora, 25 










Stanley, Thomas, 25 
Stapleton, Ann, 16 

Charlotte, 79, 80 
family, 30, 49, 79, 80 
Mary, 49, 80 
Nicholas, 30, 49, 79, 80 
Philadelphia, 16, 80 
Sir Miles, 49, 80 
Starky, Richard, 156 
Stary, Postern, 70 
Steare, Anne, 58 

Humphrey, 58 
Robert, 58 
Steele, Sir Richard, 106 
Steevens family, 29 
John, 28 
Winifred, 29 
St. George, Richard, iii 
Stibbs, George, 57 

, . John, 57 
Stilles, Edmund, 28 
Stoddart, Elizabeth, 73 
Stone, Thomas, 37 
Stonor family, 50 
Mary, 53 
Thomas, 50 
Winifred, 50 
Stourton, Charles, 58 
family, 57 
Mary, 58 

Thomas, Lord, 57 
William, 57, 63 
Strickland, Dame Winifred, 72 
family, 72 
Mannock, 15 
Mary, 15 
„ Thomas, 15, 72 

Strode, Jane, 12 
Strother, Edward, 26 
Stubbington, Anne, 59 

Elizabeth, 66 
John, 59 
,, Thomas, 66 

Sulman, Mary, 47 

„ Thomas, 47 
Sulyard, Edward, 66 

Elizabeth, 64, 66 
family, 66 
Penelope, 64 












Sussex, Anne, Lady, 40 
Sutton, Mr., 112 

„ William, 33 
Swan, Lady, 80 
Swarbrick, John, 158 
Swinburne, Edward, 120, 143, 144 

Lady Mary, 143 

Matthew, 50 

Sir John, 50, 143, 144 






Taafte, John, 121 
Talbot, George, 96 
,, Gilbert, 26 
James, 96 
John, 145, 146 
Robert, 115 
Tancred, Anne, 34, 79 

Charles, xv, 34, 39, 79, 142 
Elizabeth, 79 
family, 79 
Frances, 39, 79 
Henrietta, 79 
John, 22, 79 
Mary, 22, 34, 79 
Thomas, 79 
Tarlton, William, 151 
Tasburgh, Anne, 38 
Frances, 65 
Francis, 38, 65 
George, 60 
Henry, xv, 38 
John, 65 
Lettis, 60 
Margaret, 65 
Mary, 65 
Mary Clare, 38 
,, Susannah, 38 
Tattershall, Clement, 11 

,, Mary, 11 

Taunton family, 56, 57 
„ Grace, 56, 57 
„ John, 56 
„ Thomas, 56 
Taylor, Elizabeth, 43 
,, Martha, 67, 68 
,, Mr., 88 
„ William, 43 
Tempest, Charles, xv 
Teynham, Henry, Lord, 40 













Thickness, Mrs. (Bostock), 47 
Thimelby, Dorothy, 34 

„ Mary, 34 
Thomas, Catherine, 44 
Hugh, 44 
William, 44 
Thompson, Catherine, 58 
Mary, 70 
William, 55 
Thornton, Anne, 141 

John, 142, 157 
Nicholas, 141, 142 
Thorold, Dorothy, v, 32, 33 
George, 32 
Mary, fz 

Philadelphia, 25, 81 
Richard, 32 
Robert, 32 
William, 32, 33 
Throckmorton, Dame Anne, 71 

„ Sir Robert, 6, 26, 71 

Tiffin, John, 93 
Tilden, George, 38 
„ , Teresa, 38 
Timbrell, Mr., 95 
Tootell, Elizabeth, 81 
Jane, 81 
John, 81 
Tourner, Anne, 67 

Bernard, xv 
Elizabeth, 64, 69 
family, 64, 69 
John, 64, 67, 69 
Martha, 67 
Mary, 64, 69 
,, Nicholas, 67, 68, 69 
Towneley, Hon. Mary, 116, 157 

,, Richard, viii, xv, 87, 97, 

116, 156, 157 
Townshend, Lord, 88, 114 
Trafford, John, 97 
Trapps, Henry, 81 
Traunter, Mary, 21 

,, Thomas, 21 
Travor, Elizabeth, 72 

,, Thomas, 72 
Treby, George, 92, 153 
Trelawney, Barbara, 34 
Trentham, Winifred, 72 











Tresham, Lady, 65 
Trinder, Anne, 50 

„ Charles, 15, ig, 50 
„ Eugenia, 15 
„ John, 50 
„ Teresa, 19 
Tuite family, 27 
„ Jane, 27 
„ Robert, 27 
Tuke, Mary, 19 

,, Teresa, 19 
Tunstall, Cuthbert, 48, 81 

„ family, 81 
Turberville, Mr., 40 
Turner, Edmund, 28* 

,, Mr., XV 
Twell, Catherine, 36 
,, Emerentiana, 36 
„ Mary, 36 
Tyldesley, Bridget, 66 

Edward, 87, 97 
family, 66 
John, 66 
Tyrer, Mr., 156 




Vane, Anthony, 35 
„ Catherine, 130 
„ family, 130, 135 
„ Henry-Fletcher, 135 
„ Lionel, 130 
Van Rose, Mary, 55 

n Mr., 55 
Vaughan, Elizabeth, 21, 41 
family, 21 
John, iv, 21, 41, 70 
Vavasour, Peter, 62, 81 
,, Thomas, 62 
„ Sir Walter, 62 
Velson, Mary, 27 

Wagstaff, Thomas, xvi 
Wainwright, Cutler, 78 

„ Jane, 78 

Wakeman, Benedict, 19 

,, Frances, 19 

„ Henry, 19 

„ Mary, 55 

„ William, 19 














Waldegrave, Henrietta, Lady, iv, 15, 

16, 64 
Hon. James, 64 
James, Lord, iv, 15, 16, 

John, 16 

„ Philip, 64 

Walker, Charles, 22 

Wall, WUliam, 94 

Walmesley, Anne, 140 

Dorothy, 120, 139 

Elizabeth, 139 

John, 121 

Mary, 14 

Richard, 139, 140 

Thomas, 140 

„ William, 100, 120, 139 

Walpole, Dymock, 31, 34 

Edward, 31, 34 

family, 34 

„ John, 31, 34 

Mary, 31, 34 

Robert, 150 

Warburton, John, 113, 114 

Ward, Edward, viii, 144 

Wareing, John, 144, 145, 146 

Warren family, 31 

John, 105 

Simon, 31 

Warwick, John,. 137 

,, Thomas, 132 

Waters, Mary, i 

„ William, 6 

Watkins, Charles, 41, 121 

Frances, 41 

Mary, 41 

Watson, Catherine, 37 

„ Mary, 36, 37 

Thomas, 146 

William, 36, 37 

Webb, Anna Maria, 8, 9 

II Anne, 13, 79 

„ Barbara, Lady, 13 

II Edward, xv, 3, 5, 37, 41. 72 

„ family, 5, 13, 64 

„ Sir John, 9, 13, 49, 80, 114 

,, Thomas, 13, 79 

„ Winifred, 13 

Weedon, Anne, 6 







INDEX. 10 1 

Weld, Edward, 13, 63 

Wilmott, Mr., 99 

„ family, 13, 45,63 

„ Mrs. (Winford), no 

„ Humphrey, 13 

Wilson, Mr., 23 

„ Margaret, 13 

Windsor, William, 74 

Wells, Frances, 39 

Winford, Catherine, vi, log, no, in. 

„ Henry, 39, 48 

"3. 130 

Westmoreland, Thomas, Earl of, 48 

„ family, no, in 

Weston family, 69 

Winne, Mr., 99 

„ John, iv, 69 

Winstanley, Diana, 26 

„ Mary, 69 

„ William, 25, 26 

Whaley, Dr. Thomas, 99 

Wintour, Dame Frances, 65 

Whalley, Mr., 137 

Wise, Richard, 3 

Wharton, Charles, 112 

Wiswall, Henry, 124, 125, 156 

Whetnall, Catherine, 11 

Witham, Bp., 107, 127 

Whitaker, Mary, 70 

Wogan, William, 3 

White, Mr., 23 

Wolf all, Mr., 126 

Whitehall, Gilbert, 10, 18, 63 

WoUascott, Catherine, 2, 4 

Whitehead, Richard, 96 

„ Edward, 2 

„ Thomas, 88, 96 

„ family, 2, 4, 71 

Whitgreave family, 62 

,, Mary, 2, 4 

„ Thomas, 62, 127 

,, William, 2, 41 71 

Whittle, Richard, 152 

Wood, John, 9 

Whitworth, Penelope, 54 

„ Mary, 9 

Wickstead, Anne, 58 

„ Thomas, 9 

„ James, 58 

Woodington, Peter, 13 

Widdowson, Margaret, 126, 156 

Woodrow, Samuel, 24 

„ Thomas, 126 

Woblfe, Frances, 37, 65, 69 

Widdrington, Ann, 49, 71 

„ John, 69 

,, AppoUonia, 116 

„ William, 37, 65, 69- 

, family, ix, 49, 71, 115, 

Woolmer, Anne, 47 


„ Brace, 75 

„ Hon. Elizabeth, 49, 116, 

„ Charles, 73 


„ Francis, 73, 75 

,, Lady Jane, 118 

Mary, 73, 75 

Mary, 49, 116 

„ Philadelphia, 70 

„ Peregrine, 117 

William, 47 

Ralph, 115 

Worthington, Jane, 140 

,, William, Lord, 116, 117, 

Mr., 74 

118, 119 

,, Richard, 14Q 

Wierex, Judith, 38 

Wright, Anthony, 5, 41 

,, Laurence, 38 

, , Constantia (Carington), 14, 72 

Wilcox, Henry, 85 

„ Elizabeth, 77 

Wilkinson, Mary, 31 

„ Eugenia, 15 

„ Perpetua, 136 

„ family, 15 

Williams, Elizabeth, 42 

„ John, 6, 14, 15 

„ . Walter, 42 

,, Laurence, 15 

Willoughby, Catherine, 69 

Mary, i, 15 

Wills, General, 86 

„ Richard, xv, 48 

Willy, Francis, 78 

„ Teresa, 65 




Wybarne, Charity, 60 

Yate, Appollonia, 113 

„ Elizabeth, 37, 60 

„ family, 3 

„ Henry, 60 

„ George, 66 

„ John, 37, 60 

„ John, 3, 25, 39 

„ Lettis, 60 

„ Margaret, 25, 39 

Wytham, Thomas, 132 

Yaxley family, 46 

„ Henry, iii, 112 

Xavier, St., 113 

„ Thomas, 140 
York, Duke of, 78 

Yallop, Dame Dorothy, 46 

Young, Charles, 4, 15 

„ family, 46 

„ Helen, 48 

„ Sir Robert, 46 

„ Thomas, 48, 122 

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